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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2014, Article ID 636191, 10 pages
Research Article

A New Legendre Collocation Method for Solving a Two-Dimensional Fractional Diffusion Equation

1Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef 62511, Egypt

Received 11 March 2014; Accepted 5 April 2014; Published 4 May 2014

Academic Editor: Dumitru Baleanu

Copyright © 2014 A. H. Bhrawy. 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.


A new spectral shifted Legendre Gauss-Lobatto collocation (SL-GL-C) method is developed and analyzed to solve a class of two-dimensional initial-boundary fractional diffusion equations with variable coefficients. The method depends basically on the fact that an expansion in a series of shifted Legendre polynomials , for the function and its space-fractional derivatives occurring in the partial fractional differential equation (PFDE), is assumed; the expansion coefficients are then determined by reducing the PFDE with its boundary and initial conditions to a system of ordinary differential equations (SODEs) for these coefficients. This system may be solved numerically by using the fourth-order implicit Runge-Kutta (IRK) method. This method, in contrast to common finite-difference and finite-element methods, has the exponential rate of convergence for the two spatial discretizations. Numerical examples are presented in the form of tables and graphs to make comparisons with the results obtained by other methods and with the exact solutions more easier.