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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 847184, 7 pages
Lower and Upper Solutions Method for Positive Solutions of Fractional Boundary Value Problems
1Department of Mathematics, Neka Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O. Box 48411-86114, Neka, Iran
2Department of Mathematics, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O. Box 48161-19318, Sari, Iran
3Department of Mathematics, University of Mazandaran, P.O. Box 47416-95447, Babolsar, Iran
4Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Art and Sciences, Cankaya University, Yenimahalle, 06810 Ankara, Turkey
5Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80204, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
6Institute of Space Sciences, P.O. Box, MG-23, R 76900 Magurele, Bucharest, Romania
Received 10 May 2013; Revised 11 July 2013; Accepted 1 August 2013
Academic Editor: Juan J. Trujillo
Copyright © 2013 R. Darzi et al. 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.
We apply the lower and upper solutions method and fixed-point theorems to prove the existence of positive solution to fractional boundary value problem , , , , , , where denotes Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative, ß is positive real number, , and is continuous on . As an application, one example is given to illustrate the main result.
In the recent years, fractional calculus has been one of the most interesting issues that have attracted many scientists, especially in the fields of mathematics and engineering sciences. Many natural phenomena can be presented by boundary value problems of fractional differential equations. Many authors in different fields such as chemical physics, fluid flows, electrical networks, and viscoelasticity try to present a model of these phenomena by boundary value problems of fractional differential equations [1–4]. In order to achieve extra information in fractional calculus, interested readers can refer to more valuable books that are written by other authors [5–20].
The existence and multiplicity of solutions or positive solutions of nonlinear fractional differential equation (FDE) by the use of fixed point theorems, Leray-Shauder theory, and so forth are mentioned in some papers [6, 8, 12, 20, 21]. Few papers have considered the boundary value problems of fractional differential equations [12, 14]. By the use of some fixed point theorems on cones, Zhang  obtained the existence of positive solution for the equation with the boundary conditions In , Liang and Zhang applied lower and upper solutions method and fixed point theorems to obtain some results on the existence of positive solutions for the following BVPs: where denotes Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative.
In this paper, we investigate the existence of positive solution for a nonlocal BVP of FDE, using lower and upper solutions method and fixed point theorem, where denotes standard Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative, , and .
The main result of this paper can be seen in Theorem 10. In Theorem 10, we use the following conditions: is nondecreasing with respect to , for , there exist a positive constant such that , for all , and the Schauder fixed-point theorem to show that problem (4)-(5) has a positive solution.
2. Basic Definitions and Preliminaries
In this section, we present the necessary definitions and lemmas that will be used to prove our new results.
Lemma 7. If , then for , the problem, has a unique positive solution
Proof. We can apply Lemma 6 to reduce (13) to an equivalent integral equation for some . From and in (14), we have . On the other hand, yields Then, the unique solution of problem is given by . Obviously, if on . The proof is complete.
3. Main Result
In this section, we present and prove our main result.
Proof. By Lemma 7, for , we have For , we have The proof is complete.
Proof. Since , there exists so that for . We define Therefore, we have On the other hand, by direct computation, we get This completes the proof of the lemma.
Proof. Suppose that
and . We show that and are lower and upper solutions of (4)-(5), respectively. From Lemma 7, is a positive solution of the following problem:
We know that . Now, using the assumption of the theorem, we get
Therefore, from and since , the following relations satisfy
Since and satisfy the boundary conditions, and are lower and upper solutions of (4)-(5), respectively. Now, we suppose that
and prove that FBVP,
has a solution. Consider operator , with , where is defined as in Lemma 8. It is easy to see that is continuous in . Since is nondecreasing in (from), for , we have
So, there exists a positive constant , such that . We will show that the operator is equicontinuous.
Case??1. If ,
Case??2. If , Therefore, the operator is equicontinuous, and by Arzela-Ascoli theorem, is a compact operator. Now, the Schauder fixed-point theorem  shows that the operator has a fixed-point theorem and so FBVP (32)-(33) has a solution. Finally, we will prove that FBVP (4)-(5) has a positive solution. Suppose that is a solution of FBVP (32)-(33). Since the function is nondecreasing in , we have Assuming , By Lemma 7, ; that is, for . Similarly, for . Therefore is a positive solution of FBVP (4)-(5). The proof is complete.
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