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ISRN Mathematical Analysis

Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 737206, 28 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/737206

## Comparing Numerical Methods for Solving Time-Fractional Reaction-Diffusion Equations

^{1}Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Batman University, 72100 Batman, Turkey^{2}Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Yıldız Technical University, 34220 İstanbul, Turkey

Received 7 March 2012; Accepted 29 April 2012

Academic Editors: G. Schimperna and W. Shen

Copyright © 2012 Veyis Turut and Nuran Güzel. 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.

#### Abstract

Multivariate Padé approximation (MPA) is applied to numerically approximate the solutions of time-fractional reaction-diffusion equations, and the numerical results are compared with solutions obtained by the generalized differential transform method (GDTM). The fractional derivatives are described in the Caputo sense. Two illustrative examples are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the multivariate Padé approximation (MPA). The results reveal that the multivariate Padé approximation (MPA) is very effective and convenient for solving time-fractional reaction-diffusion equations.

#### 1. Introduction

The fractional calculus and fractional differential equations have recently become increasingly important topics in the literature of engineering, science, and applied mathematics. Application areas include viscoelasticity, electromagnetics, heat conduction, control theory, and diffusion [1–4]. Reaction-diffusion equations are commonly used to model the growth and spreading of biological species. A fractional reaction-diffusion equation (FRDE) can be derived from a continuous-time random walk model when the transport is dispersive [5] or a continuous-time random walk model with temporal memory and sources [6]. The topic has received a great deal of attention recently, for example, in systems biology [7], chemistry, and biochemistry applications [8].

One of the time-fractional reaction-diffusion equations is the time-fractional Fisher equation. It was originally proposed by Fisher [9] as a model for the spatial and temporal propagation of a virile gene in an infinite medium. It is encountered in chemical kinetics [10], flame propagation [11], autocatalytic chemical reaction [12], nuclear reactor theory [13], neurophysiology [14], and branching Brownian motion process [15].

Another time-fractional reaction-diffusion equation is the time-fractional Fitzhugh-Nagumo equation. It is an important nonlinear reaction-diffusion equation and usually used to model the transmission of nerve impulses [16, 17]; it is also used in circuit theory, biology, and the area of population genetics [18] as mathematical models.

The generalized differential transform method (GDTM) was presented by [19–21]. This method is based on differential transform method (DTM) [22–25]; the DTM introduces a promising approach for many applications in various domains of science. By using the DTM, a truncated series solution is obtained. This series solution does not exhibit the real behaviors of the problem but gives a good approximation to the true solution in a very small region. Odibat et al. [26] proposed a reliable algorithm of the DTM. The new algorithm accelerates the convergence of the series solution over a large region and improves the accuracy of the DTM. The validity of the modified technique is varied through illustrative examples of Lotka-Volterra, Chen, and Lorenz systems. The generalized differential transform method (GDTM) has been applied to differential equations of fractional order in [19–21, 27].

In the literature, the univariate Padé approximation has been used to obtain approximate solutions of fractional order [28, 29]. So the objective of the this paper is to show the application of the multivariate Padé approximation (MPA) to provide approximate solutions for time-fractional diffusion-reaction equations and to make comparison with the generalized differential transform method (GDTM).

#### 2. Multivariate Padé Approximation

The principles and theory of the multivariate Padé approximation and its applicability for various of differential equations are given in [30–40]. Consider the bivariate function with Taylor series development around the origin. We know that a solution of univariate Padé approximation problem for is given by Let us now multiply th row in and by and afterwards divide th column in and by . This results in a multiplication of numerator and denominator by . Having done so, we get if .

This quotient of determinants can also immediately be written down for a bivariate function . The sum will be replaced with th partial sum of the Taylor series development of and the expression by an expression that contains all the terms of degree in . Hereby, a bivariate term is said to be of degree . If we define then it is easy to see that and are of the form We know that and are called Padé equations [30]. So the multivariate Padé approximant of order for is defined as,

#### 3. Generalized Differential Transform Method

The fractional derivatives are described in the Caputo sense which are defined in [41] as for , , ; for to be the smallest integer that exceeds , the Caputo time-fractional derivative operator of order is defined as The basic definitions and fundamental operations of generalized differential transform method are defined in [19–21] as follows.

*Definition 3.1. *The generalized differential transform of the function is given as follows:
where .

*Definition 3.2. *The generalized differential inverse transform of is defined as follows:
The fundamental operations of generalized differential transform method are listed in Table 1 (see [19–21]).

#### 4. Numerical Experiments

In this section, two methods, GDTM and MPA, will be illustrated by two examples, the time-fractional Fisher equation and the time-fractional Fitzhugh-Nagumo equation. All the numerical results are calculated by using the software Maple12. The general model of reaction-diffusion equations is where is the diffusion coefficient, and is a nonlinear function representing reaction kinetics.

*Example 4.1. *Let us consider (4.1) with , then we have the time-fractional Fisher equation [27]
subject to the initial condition
Selecting and applying the generalized differential transform of (4.2), using the related definitions in Table 1, Rida et al. [27] solved as it follows:
that is,
By equating the series form of (4.3) with (3.4), the initial transformation coefficients , can be obtained as follows:
By applying (4.6) into (4.5), some values of can be obtained as given in Table 1. Consequent substitution of all into (3.4) and after some manipulations, the series from solutions of (4.2) and (4.3) has been obtained in [27] as
can be written in the form:
The exact solution of (4.2), for the special case , is given in [27] as

We have the generalized differential transform method solution for the time-fractional Fisher equation (4.2) (when ) as and let Then let us calculate the approximate solution of (4.10) for and by using multivariate Padé approximation. To obtain multivariate Padé equations of (4.10) for and , we use (2.5). By using (2.5), we obtain where denotes , and denotes . So the multivariate Padé approximation is of order for (4.10), that is, The generalized differential transform method gives the solution for the time-fractional Fisher equation (4.2) (when ) which is given by For simplicity, let , then and let Then, using (2.5) to calculate the multivariate Padé equations for (4.16), we get where is , and is recalling that , we get multivariate Padé approximation of order for (4.15), that is, The generalized differential transform method gives the solution for the time-fractional Fisher equation (4.2) (when ) which is given by For simplicity, let , then and let Then, using (2.5) to calculate the multivariate Padé equations for (4.23), we get where denotes , and denotes ; recalling that , we get multivariate Padé approximation of order for (4.21), that is, As it is presented above, we obtained multivariate Padé approximations of the generalized differential transform method solution of the time-fractional Fisher equation (4.2) for values of , , and . Table 2 shows the approximate solutions for (4.2) obtained for different values of using the generalized differential transform method (GDTM) and the multivariate padé approximation (MPA). The values of are the only case for which we know the exact solution , and the results of multivariate padé approximation (MPA) are in excellent agreement with the exact solution and those obtained by the generalized differential transform method (GDTM).

*Example 4.2. *Let us consider (4.1) with , then we have the time-fractional Fitzhugh-Nagumo equation [27]
subject to the initial condition
Taking the generalized differential transform of (4.27), using the related definitions in Table 1, Rida et al. [27] solved it as follows:
that is,
By equating the series form of (4.28) with (3.4), the initial transformation coefficients , can be obtained as follows:
By applying (4.31) into (4.30), some values of can be obtained as given in Table 1. Consequent substitution of all into (3.4) and after some manipulations, the series from solutions of (4.27) and (4.28) has been obtained in [27] as:
can be written in the form:
The exact solution of (4.27), for the special case , is given in [27]

We have the generalized differential transform method solution for the time-fractional Fitzhugh-Nagumo equation (4.27) (when and ) as