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International Journal of Differential Equations
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 764738, 8 pages
He's Variational Iteration Method for Solving Fractional Riccati Differential Equation
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Mazandaran, P.O. Box 47416-95447, Babolsar, Iran
Received 10 August 2009; Accepted 28 January 2010
Academic Editor: Shaher M. Momani
Copyright © 2010 H. Jafari and H. Tajadodi. 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 will consider He's variational iteration method for solving fractional Riccati differential equation. This method is based on the use of Lagrange multipliers for identification of optimal value of a parameter in a functional. This technique provides a sequence of functions which converges to the exact solution of the problem. The present method performs extremely well in terms of efficiency and simplicity.
The fractional calculus has found diverse applications in various scientific and technological fields [1, 2], such as thermal engineering, acoustics, electromagnetism, control, robotics, viscoelasticity, diffusion, edge detection, turbulence, signal processing, and many other physical processes. Fractional differential equations (FDEs) have also been applied in modeling many physical, engineering problems, and fractional differential equations in nonlinear dynamics [3, 4].
The variational iteration method was proposed by He  and was successfully applied to autonomous ordinary differential equation , to nonlinear partial differential equations with variable coefficients , to Schrodinger-KdV, generalized Kd and shallow water equations , to linear Helmholtz partial differential equation , recently to nonlinear fractional differential equations with Caputo differential derivative [10, 11], and to other fields, . The variational iteration method gives rapidly convergent successive approximations of the exact solution if such a solution exists; otherwise a few approximations can be used for numerical purposes. The method is effectively used in [6–8, 13–15] and the references therein. Jafari et al. applied the variational iteration method to the Gas Dynamics Equation and Stefan problem [13, 14]. We consider here the following nonlinear fractional Riccati differential equation:
subject to the initial conditions
where is fractional derivative order, is an integer, , , and are known real functions, and is a constant. There are several definitions of a fractional derivative of order . The two most commonly used definitions are the Riemann-Liouville and Caputo. Each definition uses Riemann-Liouville fractional integration and derivatives of whole order. The difference between the two definitions is in the order of evaluation. Riemann-Liouville fractional integration of order is defined as
The following two equations define Riemann-Liouville and Caputo fractional derivatives of order , respectively: where and . We have chosen to use the Caputo fractional derivative because it allows traditional initial and boundary conditions to be included in the formulation of the problem, but for homogeneous initial condition assumption, these two operators coincide. For more details on the geometric and physical interpretation for fractional derivatives of both the Riemann-Liouville and Caputo types, see .
2. Analysis of the Variational Iteration Method
We consider the fractional differential equation
To identify the multiplier, we approximately write (2.2) in the form
where is a general Lagrange multiplier, which can be identified optimally via the variational theory, and is a restricted variation, that is, .
The successive approximation , of the solution will be readily obtained upon using Lagrange's multiplier, and by using any selective function . The initial value and are usually used for selecting the zeroth approximation . To calculate the optimal value of , we have This yields the stationary conditions , and , which gives
Substituting this value of Lagrangian multiplier in (2.3), we get the following iteration formula
and finally the exact solution is obtained by
3. Applications and Numerical Results
To give a clear overview of this method, we present the following illustrative examples.
Example 3.1. Consider the following fractional Riccati differential equation: subject to the initial condition .
The exact solution of (3.1) is , when .
Beginning with , by the iteration formulation (3.2), we can obtain directly the other components as
and so on. The th Approximate solution of the variational iteration method converges to the exact series solution. So, we approximate the solution
Example 3.2. Consider the following fractional Riccati differential equation: subject to the initial condition .
The exact solution of (3.4) is , when .
Expanding using Taylor expansion about gives
The correction functional for (3.4) turns out to be
Beginning with , by the iteration formulation (3.6), we can obtain directly the other components as
and so on. In Figure 3, Approximate solution of (3.4) using VIM and the exact solution have been plotted for . In Figure 4, Approximate solution of (3.4) using VIM and the exact solution have been plotted for .
In this paper the variational iteration method is used to solve the fractional Riccati differential equations. We described the method, used it on two test problems, and compared the results with their exact solutions in order to demonstrate the validity and applicability of the method.
The authors express their gratitude to the referees for their valuable suggestions and corrections for improvement of this paper. Mathematica has been used for computations in this paper.
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