Advanced Theoretical and Applied Studies of Fractional Differential Equations 2013View this Special Issue
Research Article | Open Access
The Existence of Positive Solutions for a New Coupled System of Multiterm Singular Fractional Integrodifferential Boundary Value Problems
We discuss the existence of positive solutions for the coupled system of multiterm singular fractional integrodifferential boundary value problems , and for all , for and , for and , where , , , , are continuous functions and Here is the standard Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative, is a Caratheodory function, and is singular at the value 0 of its variables.
During the last decade, there were a lot of manuscripts on fractional differential equations (see, e.g., [1–19] and the references therein). Fractional equations have been discussed extensively as valuable tools in the modeling of many phenomena in various fields of science and engineering. Indeed, we can find numerous applications in fluid mechanics, viscoelasticity, edge detection, porous media, and electromagnetism, as well as in various other areas. For more examples and details, see [3, 13–15] and references therein. On the other hand, there are many works about the existence of positive solutions of fractional differential equations (see, e.g., [1, 2, 6–8, 10, 17, 19] and the references therein).
2. The Problem
In this paper, we investigate the following coupled system of multiterm singular fractional integrodifferential boundary value problem: where , , , , , (), and are positive-valued continuous functions on (), and . Also, and satisfy the local Caratheodory condition on , where is a subset of and may be singular at the value 0 of all its variables. Here, is the standard Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative. In fact, a function satisfies the local Caratheodory condition on whenever(i) is measurable for all ,(ii) is continuous for almost all ,(iii)for each compact subset , there is a function such that for almost all and all . The functions are called positive solutions of the problem (1), (2), and (3) whenever and on , , , , satisfy boundary conditions (2), (3), and (1) holds for almost all . In 2010, Agarwal et al. reviewed positive solutions of the singular Dirichlet problem , where , and satisfies the local Caratheodory condition on . In 2011, Stanek reviewed the singular problem , , where , and satisfies the local Caratheodory condition on . Here, is a subset of . In 2012, Bai and Sun reviewed the singular problem , where , , and satisfies the local Caratheodory condition on . Again, is a subset of . In this year, Agarwal et al. reviewed the singular problem , , where , and is a -Caratheodory function on . Here, , and is the Caputo fractional derivative. Many researchers have established the existence and uniqueness of solutions for some systems of nonlinear fractional differential equations, but there are few works about coupled system of multiterm nonlinear fractional differential equations (see, for example, [4, 5, 20, 21]). Also, there are a few papers discussing singular system of fractional differential equations (see, e.g., [6, 16]).
Let be the norm of , the norm of , and the norm of . As you know, and are Banach spaces, where . Suppose that and are the spaces of absolutely continuous functions and functions having absolutely continuous derivatives on , respectively. In this paper, we suppose that the functions and in (1) satisfy the following conditions:(H1), where . Also, there exists a positive constant such that for almost all and ;(H2) there exist positive mappings , , and such that and are nonincreasing and and are nondecreasing in all their variables, for almost all and . Since we suppose that the problem (1) is singular, we use regularization and sequential techniques for the existence of positive solutions of the problem. In this way, for each natural number define the function () by for almost all and , where Then condition implies that and for almost all and , . Also, the condition implies for almost all and and for almost all and . For obtaining solutions of the system (1), (2), and (3), for each natural number , we will obtain solutions of the system via the boundary conditions (2) and (3) and by using solutions of this system, we will obtain solution of the system (1), (2), and (3). It has been proved that the fractional integral maps into whenever and maps into whenever . Here, means the integral part of and . Suppose that and is not a natural number. If and , then for all , where and for . Suppose that , , , and . Then, , , , and .
3. Main Results
Now, we are ready to state and prove our main results. One can find main idea of next result in .
Lemma 1. Let and . For each , is the unique solution of the equation in which satisfies the boundary condition (2), where
Proof. It is easy to see that the functions are solutions of in for all . Since , and so are solutions of in , where . The boundary condition (2) implies that and Thus, is the unique solution of the problem in .
Note that the Green function in Lemma 1 has some properties. For example, , and are continuous functions on , on , for all , for all , on , for all , for all , on , for all , and for all . Let . Define the cone on by It is easy to see that for each , and we have and , , , . Now for each natural number , define the operator on by
Lemma 2. For each natural number , is a completely continuous operator on .
Proof. Let be a natural number, , and =, , , , , , , , . Then, and there exist positive constants and such that and for almost all . Since , , , , , and are nonnegative and continuous functions on , , and for all , we get , , , , , , , and on . Thus, maps into . Suppose that is a convergent sequence in and . Then, and uniformly on for . Since for , for all , for and , we have , , , for