#### Abstract

In this paper, we consider intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equations with local and nonlocal initial conditions using the Banach fixed point theorem. A new complete intuitionistic fuzzy metric space is proposed to investigate the existence and uniqueness of intuitionistic fuzzy solutions for these problems. We use the level-set representation of intuitionistic fuzzy functions and define the solution to an intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equation problem through a corresponding parametric problem and further develop theoretical results on the existence and uniqueness of the solution. An example is presented to illustrate the results with some numerical simulation for -cuts of the intuitionistic fuzzy solutions: we give the representation of the surface of intuitionistic fuzzy solutions.

#### 1. Introduction

Among several generalizations of fuzzy set theory [1] is the concept of intuitionistic fuzzy sets (IFSs). In the 1980s Atanassov generalized fuzzy sets by introducing the idea of intuitionistic fuzzy sets [2–4]. Further improvements of IFS theory [5] include the exploration of intuitionistic fuzzy geometry, intuitionistic fuzzy logic, intuitionistic fuzzy topology, an intuitionistic fuzzy approach to artificial intelligence, and intuitionistic fuzzy generalized nets may be found in [6–8]. The concept of intuitionistic fuzzy differential equations was first introduced by S. Melliani and L. S. Chadli [9]. The first step, which included using applicable definitions of intuitionistic fuzzy derivative and the intuitionistic fuzzy integral, was followed by introducing intuitionistic fuzzy differential equations and establishing sufficient conditions for the existence of unique solutions to these equations [10–12]. The study of numerical methods for solving intuitionistic fuzzy differential equations has been rapidly growing in recent years. It is difficult to obtain exact solutions for intuitionistic fuzzy DEs, and hence some numerical methods presented in [13–17].

Differential equations (DEs) with state-dependent delays, known as functional, are used to model a large number of natural or physical phenomena. There exists extensive literature dealing with functional DEs and their applications, and for this reason the study of such equations has received great attention in recent years. The literature related to partial functional differential equations with state-dependent delay is limited, but these equations provide more realistic models for various phenomena, and they have various applications in applied fields such as blood flow problems, chemical engineering, thermoelasticity, underground water flow, and population dynamics. There is still a lack of qualitative and quantitative researches for fuzzy partial differential equations (PDEs), which were first introduced by Buckley and Feuring [18] in 1999. The available theoretical results obtained up to now for such equations may be found in [19–21]. The papers [22–24] considered the existence and uniqueness of fuzzy solutions for some fuzzy functional partial differential equations with different types of initial conditions for some classes of hyperbolic equations; almost all of the previous results were based on the Banach fixed point theorem. However, rarely have we seen such results for intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equations (PDEs), since the first and only publication on intuitionistic fuzzy partial differential equations was [25]. To the best of our knowledge, we are for the first time employing intuitionistic fuzzy mathematics to partial functional differential equations by using the Banach fixed point theorem.

Motivated and inspired by the above works, in this paper a new complete intuitionistic fuzzy metric space [7] is proposed to investigate the existence and uniqueness of intuitionistic fuzzy solutions by using the Banach fixed point theorem for the following intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equations with local and nonlocal conditions:where is continuous, and . Also we propose a method of steps which can be useful to solve intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equations.

The main contributions of this paper include introducing intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equations with local and nonlocal conditions and defining their solution; further developing theoretical results on the existence and uniqueness of the solution; using the level-set representation of intuitionistic fuzzy functions and defining the solution to an intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equations problem through a corresponding parametric problem; and developing numerical examples for computing intuitionistic fuzzy quantities, taking into account the full interaction between intuitionistic fuzzy variables. The development of some efficient examples for solving intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equations is the subject of our further work and will be presented elsewhere.

The remainder of the paper is arranged as follows. In Section 2, we give some basic preliminaries which will be used throughout this paper. In Sections 3 and 4 we discuss intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equations with local and nonlocal conditions. Under suitable conditions we prove the existence and uniqueness of the solution to intuitionistic fuzzy PFDEs. In Section 5 we propose a method of steps to solve Section 6 to illustrate these results with some numerical simulation for -cuts of the intuitionistic fuzzy solutions, and finally some conclusions and future works are discussed in Section 7.

#### 2. Preliminaries

We considerBy an intuitionistic fuzzy number we mean any element of verifying the following statements:(a) is normal i.e , such that and .(b) is convex and is concave in the fuzzy sense.(c) and are upper and lower semicontinuous, respectively.(d) is bounded.

denotes the set of all intuitionistic fuzzy numbers.

For , we define the upper and lower -cuts of asLet , and ; we defineFor , and . The addition and scalar-multiplication are defined by

*Definition 1. *For and , define

We denote

Proposition 2 (see [7]). *For all , and *(a)*(b)** and are nonempty compact and convex subsets in *(c)*if then and *(d)*If then and *

Let a subset of and ; we denote by

Lemma 3 (see [7]). *If the two families and verify (a)–(d) in Proposition 2, and and are defined bythen .*

The following application is a metric on :where is the Euclidean norm in .

Theorem 4 (see [7]). * is a complete metric space.*

denotes the space of all continuous mappings on into .

A standard proof applies to show that the metric space is complete, where the supremum metric D on is defined by

*Definition 5. *A mapping is called continuous at point provided for any , there is an such thatwhenever for all .

*Definition 6. *A mapping is called continuous at point provided for any , there is an such thatwhenever and for all , .

*Definition 7. *The mapping is said to be strongly measurable if the set-valued mappings defined by and defined by are (Lebesgue) measurable for all .

*Definition 8. * is said to be integrably bounded if there is an integrable mapping such that holds for any .

*Definition 9. *Suppose is integrable for each ; write

Let and ; the Hukuhara difference is the intuitionistic fuzzy number , if it exists such that

*Definition 10. *Let . The intuitionistic fuzzy partial derivative of w.r.t. at is the intuitionistic fuzzy quantity if there exists, such that for all very small, the H-difference exists in and the limitThe intuitionistic fuzzy partial derivative of w.r.t. at is defined analogously.

#### 3. Intuitionistic Fuzzy Partial Functional Differential Equations with Local Conditions

The first part of the paper we provide an existence and uniqueness result for the intuitionistic fuzzy PFDEs in the following form:where , , , are given functions, and is defined byIn the second part of this section we consider the intuitionistic fuzzy PFDEs in more general formwhere , , , are as in problem (17) and

*Definition 11. *A function is called an intuitionistic fuzzy solution of the problem (17) if it satisfies the equation and boundary conditions.

Theorem 12. *Assume that*(1)*a mapping is continuous,*(2)*for any pair , and , we have* *where is a given constant,* *moreover, if , then problem (17) has an unique intuitionistic fuzzy solution.*

*Proof. *Transform problem (17) into a fixed point problem. It is clear that the solutions of problem (17) are fixed points of the operator defined byWe shall show that is a contraction operator. Indeed, consider and , thenandHence for each

So, is a contraction and thus, by Banach fixed point theorem; has an unique fixed point, which is solution to (17).

*Definition 13. *A function is called an intuitionistic fuzzy solution to problem (19) if it satisfies the equation and boundary conditions.

Theorem 14. *Assume that*(1)*a mapping is continuous,*(2)*for any pair , and , we have* *where is a given constant. Moreover, if* *then problem (19) has an unique intuitionistic fuzzy solution.*

*Proof. *Transform problem (19) into a fixed point problem. Clearly the solutions of problem (19) are fixed points of the operator defined bywhere .

We shall show that is a contraction operator. Indeed, consider and , thenThenHence for each

Then, is a contraction and by Banach fixed point theorem, has a unique fixed point, which is intuitionistic fuzzy solution to (19).

#### 4. Intuitionistic Fuzzy Partial Functional Differential Equations with Nonlocal Conditions

Now we extend equation (17) into nonlocal problems. More precisely, we consider the following nonlocal problem:where , , , , , , , and

*Definition 15. *By an intuitionistic fuzzy solution of (31)–(33) we mean a function which satisfies (31)–(33).

Theorem 16. *Assume that*(1)*a mapping is continuous,*(2)*for any pair , and , we have* *where is a given constant. Moreover, if* *then problem (31)–(33) has an unique intuitionistic fuzzy solution on .*

*Proof. *Transform problem (31)–(33) into a fixed point problem. Clearly the solutions of problem (31)–(33) are fixed points of the operator defined byThe reasoning used in the proof of Theorem 14 shows that is a contraction operator, and hence, it has an unique fixed point, which is an intuitionistic fuzzy solution of (31)–(33)

*Remark 17. *The arguments used in Theorem 14 can be applied to obtain a uniqueness result for the following intuitionistic fuzzy problem with nonlocal condition:

#### 5. Solving Intuitionistic Fuzzy Partial Functional Differential Equation

We propose a procedure to solve the following intuitionistic fuzzy partial functional differential equation:where is obtained by extension principle from a continuous function . Sincefor all and , we denoteThen, with this notation, problem (38) is transformed into the following parametrized partial differential system: