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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 717540, 9 pages
Solution of Fractional Partial Differential Equations in Fluid Mechanics by Extension of Some Iterative Method
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Tanta 31527, Egypt
Received 23 September 2013; Accepted 7 November 2013
Academic Editor: Tie-cheng Xia
Copyright © 2013 A. A. Hemeda. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
An extension of the so-called new iterative method (NIM) has been used to handle linear and nonlinear fractional partial differential equations. The main property of the method lies in its flexibility and ability to solve nonlinear equations accurately and conveniently. Therefore, a general framework of the NIM is presented for analytical treatment of fractional partial differential equations in fluid mechanics. The fractional derivatives are described in the Caputo sense. Numerical illustrations that include the fractional wave equation, fractional Burgers equation, fractional KdV equation, fractional Klein-Gordon equation, and fractional Boussinesq-like equation are investigated to show the pertinent features of the technique. Comparison of the results obtained by the NIM with those obtained by both Adomian decomposition method (ADM) and the variational iteration method (VIM) reveals that the NIM is very effective and convenient. The basic idea described in this paper is expected to be further employed to solve other similar linear and nonlinear problems in fractional calculus.
Recent advances of fractional differential equations are stimulated by new examples of applications in fluid mechanics, viscoelasticity, mathematical biology, electrochemistry, and physics. For example, the nonlinear oscillation of earthquake can be modeled with fractional derivatives , and the fluid-dynamic traffic model with fractional derivatives  can eliminate the deficiency arising from the assumption of continuum traffic flow. Based on experimental data fractional partial differential equations for seepage flow in porous media are suggested in , and differential equations with fractional order have recently proved to be valuable tools to the modeling of many physical phenomena . Different fractional partial differential equations have been studied and solved including the space-time-fractional diffusion-wave equation [5–7], the fractional advection-dispersion equation [8, 9], the fractional telegraph equation , the fractional KdV equation , and the linear inhomogeneous fractional partial differential equations .
The NIM [13–15] is a suitable approach to provide analytical approximation to linear and nonlinear problems and it is particularly valuable as tool for scientists and applied mathematicians, because it provides immediate and visible symbolic terms of analytical solutions, as well as numerical approximate solutions to both linear and nonlinear differential equations without linearization or discretization. The NIM, proposed by Daftardar-Gejji and Jafari in 2006  and improved by Hemeda , was successfully applied to a variety of linear and nonlinear equations such as algebraic equations, integral equations, integrodifferential equations, ordinary and partial differential equations of integer and fractional order, and systems of equations as well. NIM is simple to understand and easy to implement using computer packages and yields better results  than the existing ADM , homotopy perturbation method (HPM) , or VIM .
The objective of this work is to extend the application of the NIM to obtain analytical solutions to some fractional partial differential equations in fluid mechanics. These equations include wave equation, Burgers equation, KdV equation, Klein-Gordon equation, and Boussinesq-like equation. The NIM is a computational method that yields analytical solutions and has certain advantages over standard numerical methods. It is free from rounding-off errors as it does not involve discretization and does not require large computer obtained memory or power. The method introduces the solution in the form of a convergent fractional series with elegantly computable terms. The corresponding solutions of the integer order equations are found to follow as special cases of those of fractional order equations. The obtained results of the NIM are compared with those obtained by both ADM [19, 20] and the VIM [21–25] which confirm that this method is very effective and convenient to these equations and to other similar equations where it has the advantage that there is no need to calculate Adomian’s polynomials for the nonlinear problems as in the ADM. For more details see [26–31].
Throughout this work, fractional partial differential equations are obtained from the corresponding integer order equations by replacing the first-order or the second-order time derivative by a fractional in the Caputo sense  of order with or .
2. Preliminaries and Notations
In this section we give some basic definitions and properties of the fractional calculus theory which are used further in this work.
Definition 1. A real function , , is said to be in the space , if there exists a real number (>), such that , where , and it is said to be in the space if and only if , .
Definition 2. The Riemann-Liouville fractional integral operator of order of a function , , is defined as
The Riemann-Liouville derivative has certain disadvantages when trying to model real-world phenomena with fractional differential equations. Therefore, we will introduce a modified fractional differential operator proposed by Caputo in this work on the theory of viscoelasticity .
Definition 3. The fractional derivative of in the Caputo sense is defined as
Also, we need here two of its basic properties.
Lemma 4. If , , and , , then
The Caputo fractional derivative is considered here because it allows traditional initial and boundary conditions to be included in the formulation of the problem . In this work, we consider the one-dimensional linear inhomogeneous fractional partial differential equations in fluid mechanics, where the unknown function is assumed to be a causal function of time, that is, vanishing for . The fractional derivative is taken in Caputo sense as follows.
Definition 5. For to be the smallest integer that exceeds , the Caputo time-fractional derivative operator of order is defined as
3. New Iterative Method (NIM)
To illustrate the basic idea of the NIM, consider the following general functional equation [13, 14, 26, 27]: where is a nonlinear operator from a Banach space and is a known function (element) of the Banach space . We are looking for a solution of (5) having the series form The nonlinear operator can be decomposed as From (6) and (7), (5) is equivalent to The required solution for (5) can be obtained recurrently from the recurrence relation: Then The n-term approximate solution of (5) and (6) is given by
Remark 6. If is a contraction, that is, , , then
Proof. From (9), we have and the series absolutely and uniformly converges to a solution of (5) , which is unique in view of the Banach fixed point theorem . For more details about NIM see .
3.1. Reliable Algorithm
To illustrate the basic idea of the reliable algorithm, we consider the general fractional partial differential equation of arbitrary fractional order: with the initial conditions where is a nonlinear function of , (partial derivatives of with respect to and ) and is the source function. In view of the fractional calculus and the properties of the fractional integral operators, the initial value problem (14a) and (14b) is equivalent to the following fractional integral equation: where and . We get the solution of (15) by employing the recurrence relation (9).
Proof. From the properties of integration, in case is an integral operator, we have
In case is a differential operator, we obtain the same result.
3.2. Convergence of NIM
Now we analyze the convergence of the NIM for solving any general functional equation (5). Let , where is the exact solution, is the approximate solution, and is the error in the solution of (5); obviously satisfies (5); that is, and the recurrence relation (9) becomes If , , then Thus as , which proves the convergence of the NIM for solving the general functional equation (5).
4. Numerical Examples
4.1. Linear Problems
To incorporate the above discussion, three linear fractional partial differential equations will be studied. The NIM is used to obtain the exact solution of these problems.
Example 1. Consider the following one-dimensional linear inhomogeneous fractional wave equation:
subject to the initial condition
Problem (21a) and (21b) is solved in  by using the ADM; the first few components of solution are as follows: The solution for (21a) and (21b) in series form is given by Canceling the noise terms and keeping the nonnoise terms in (23) yield the exact solution of (21a) and (21b) given by which is easily verified.
Also, problem (21a) and (21b) is solved in  by using the VIM. By beginning with , the following approximations can be obtained: As in (23), canceling the noise terms and keeping the nonnoise terms yield the exact solution of (21a) and (21b).
Let ; we can obtain the following first few components of the new iterative solution for (21a) and (21b): The solution in series form is given by Canceling the noise terms and keeping the non-noise terms in (28) yield the exact solution of (21a) and (21b).
Example 2. Consider the following one-dimensional linear inhomogeneous fractional Burgers equation
subject to the initial condition
Problem (29a) and (29b) is solved in  by using the ADM; the first few components of solution are as follows: Therefore, the exact solution is given by .
According to the NIM, by (15) and (16), we obtain Therefore, the initial value problem (29a) and (29b) is equivalent to the integral equation: Let ; we obtain the following first few components of the new iterative solution for (29a) and (29b): Therefore, the exact solution follows immediately.
Example 3. Consider the following one-dimensional linear inhomogeneous fractional Klein-Gordon equation:
subject to the initial conditions
In view of the ADM , the first few components of solution for (35a) and (35b) are derived as follows: The solution in series form is given by
According to the NIM, by (15) and (16), we can obtain Therefore, the initial value problem (35a) and (35b) is equivalent to the integral equation: Let ; we can obtain the following first few components of the new iterative solution for (35a) and (35b): The solution for (35a) and (35b) in series form is given by
From (37), (38), and (42), the ADM, the VIM, and the NIM give the same solution for the classical Klein-Gordon equation (35a) and (35b) in the case which is given by Canceling the noise terms and keeping the non-noise terms in (43) yield the exact solution of (35a) and (35b) for the special case , which is given by , which is easily verified.
4.2. Nonlinear Problems
For nonlinear equations in general, there exists no method that yields the exact solution and therefore only approximate solutions can be derived. In this subsection, we use the NIM to provide approximate solutions for two kinds of nonlinear time-fractional partial differential equations.
Example 4. Consider the following one-dimensional nonlinear homogeneous time-fractional KdV equation:
subject to the initial condition
The time-fractional KdV equation (44a) and (44b) is solved in [11, 40] by using the ADM. The solution in series form is found as where
According to the NIM, by (15) and (9), we can obtain Therefore, the initial value problem (44a) and (44b) is equivalent to the integral equation: Let ; we obtain the following first few components of the new iterative solution for (44a) and (44b): The solution in series form is given by where
Now, the approximate solution for (44a) and (44b) obtained by the NIM in (51) is the same solution obtained by both the ADM in (45) and the VIM in (47). Therefore, all the three methods provide the same approximate solution for the time-fractional KdV equation.
Example 5. In this example, we consider the one-dimensional nonlinear homogeneous time-fractional Boussinesq-like equation:
subject to the initial conditions
The time-fractional Boussinesq-like equation (53a) and (53b) is solved by the ADM in . The fourth-order term approximate solution in series form is given by
It is interesting to point out that, for the case of , the approximate solution: follows immediately upon replacing by in the decomposition solution (54), the variational iteration solution (55), or the new iteration solution (57), which converges to the exact solution of the Boussinesq-like equation (53a) and (53b), when , .
The advantage of the NIM in the nonlinear problems, Examples 4 and 5, is that there is no need to calculate Adomian’s polynomials as done in the ADM, which means that the first method is simple and easy of the procedure of calculations over the second. Also, for more details about the solutions of the fractional differential equations by the VIM and some new asymptotic methods, you can see [41–43].
NIM has been known as a powerful tool for solving many functional equations such as ordinary, partial differential equations, integral equations, integrodifferential equations, and so many other equations. In this work, we have presented a general framework of the NIM for the analytical treatment of fractional partial differential equations in fluid mechanics. The present work shows the validity and great potential of the NIM for solving linear and nonlinear fractional partial differential equations. All of the examples show that the results of the NIM are in excellent agreement with those obtained by both the ADM and the VIM without calculating Adomian’s polynomials for the nonlinear problems as in the ADM. The basic idea described in this work is expected to be further employed to solve other similar linear and nonlinear problems in fractional calculus.
Conflict of Interests
The author declared that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
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