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Existence and uniqueness of solution for a class of nonlinear fractional differential equations
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2012, Article number: 133 (2012)
In this paper, we present some new existence and uniqueness results for nonlinear fractional differential equations with a kind of general irregular boundary condition in Banach space by using a fixed-point theorem and contraction mapping principle. Moreover, the boundary condition is extended, therefore, some conclusions from other references are special cases of our results.
The fractional derivative (or called the noninteger order derivative) was invented by Leibnitz and L’Hospital around the seventeenth century and the related calculus was developed in about 200 years later [1–3]. Although the concepts and calculus of fractional differential equations (FDEs) are several centuries old, they are realized only some decades ago that these derivatives can be employed in modeling the real world excellently [4, 5]. Thus in recent years, the FDEs are extensively applied to many fields of the science and engineering, such as heat transfer problem of blast furnace , financial market’s behaviors , polymer physics [8, 9], material molding , electrocircuit , chemical reaction , and biology . Boundary value problems (BVPs) of differential equations could be seen in scientific and engineering disciplines and have been investigated systematically by many authors; for more details, we refer to [14–23] and related references therein. More precisely, there has been much work of extending the theory of BVPs from classical differential equations to the sense of fractional differential equations. For instance, in , a kind of irregular boundary value problems is discussed. In , the existence of fractional differential equations with anti-periodic boundary conditions is studied, and in , Z. Bai investigates the positive solutions of nonlinear fractional boundary value problems. For more details of positive solutions of fractional differential systems and fractional BVPs with nonlocal conditions, see [20, 21] and references therein.
In this paper, we mainly study a kind of general irregular boundary value problem for nonlinear fractional equations of fractional order . Motivated by , we consider the following irregular boundary value problem
where is the Caputo fractional derivative of order q which is defined in next section and . Here, is a Banach space and denotes the Banach space of all continuously differentiable functions from to X endowed with a topology of uniform convergence with the norm denoted by .
We give some basic definitions and properties of the fractional calculus theory which are essential in this paper. They are easily found in [2, 6, 24, 25].
Definition 2.1 ()
A real function , , is said to be in the space , if there exists a real number p (>μ), such that , where , and it is said to be in the space if and only if , .
The Riemann-Liouville fractional integral operator of order , of a function , , is defined as
Particularly, if , .
The fractional derivative of in the Caputo sense is defined as
for , , , .
Lemma 2.1 ()
For , the general solution of the fractional differential equation is given by
where , (, denotes the integer part of the real number q).
Lemma 2.2 ()
For any , then
where , (). Here, denotes the Riemann-Liouville fractional integral operator of order q.
Lemma 2.3 For any given , the unique solution of the boundary value problem
is given by
Proof According to Eq. (3), the general solution of Eq. (4) can be written as
where , are arbitrary constants. Then differentiating Eq. (6) to t yields that
Using the boundary conditions in Eq. (4), we have the following equations from Eq. (6) and Eq. (7):
It follows that
Setting , , , we get Eq. (5). This completes the proof. □
The boundary value condition in BVP (1) is more general. If , and , the boundary value condition becomes antiperiodic boundary value condition. If , , and (or , , and ), the boundary value condition becomes periodic boundary value condition. Therefore, the above two kinds of boundary value conditions are spacial cases of the irregular boundary value condition considered in BVP (1). Furthermore, it is easy to conclude that BVP (1) is solvable with antiperiodic boundary value condition and unsolvable with periodic boundary condition.
Corollary 1 A unique solution of a general linear second order irregular boundary value problem can be obtained by fixing in Lemma 2.3, which is a meaningful result. Moreover, the condition is necessary to guarantee the existence of solution (see Eq. (5)).
Remark 2.1 In some references (such as [14, 26]), the σ is always restricted in , i.e., a continuous function. But in our opinion, this restriction would arise some little problems. For ensuring that in Eq. (5) makes sense, σ has to be at least first order continuously differentiable, i.e., . Otherwise, the Lemma 2.3 is not true since the second order derivative does not exist when .
The following theorem is needed to prove the existence of at least one solution of the general irregular boundary value problem, and its detailed proof can be seen in [23, 27, 28].
Theorem 2.1 (Krasnoselskii, , Theorem 4.4.1])
Let M be a closed convex and nonempty subset of a Banach space X. Suppose that Φ and Ψ map M into X and that
Φ is compact and continuous,
Ψ is a contraction mapping.
Then there exists in M such that
3 Main results
In this section, we propose our main results of existence and uniqueness of general irregular boundary value problem. Firstly, we prove an existence and uniqueness theorem based on the contraction mapping principle in Banach space [26, 28].
Theorem 3.1 Let be a first-order continuously differentiable function satisfying the condition
Then the boundary value problem (1) has a unique solution provided , where
and is defined in Lemma 2.3.
Proof Now we define by
and let us define and
where μ is a real number satisfying , and Ω is well defined in Section 1. As the similar idea in , we denote . Furthermore, for any , we have
thus is verified.
Now for any and for each , we obtain that
as , therefore, F is a contraction. By using the conclusion of contraction mapping principle in Banach space, we complete our proof. □
Remark 3.1 We restrict the function to be in at least, which is different from the hypothetical conditions of in . For the simplicity of our proof in Theorem 3.1, is a first-order continuously differentiable function satisfying Lipschitz condition.
Theorem 3.2 Assume that is a first-order continuously differentiable function and maps bounded subsets of into relative compact subsets of X, satisfying the following assumptions:
(A1) , , ,
(A2) , , and .
then the general irregular boundary value problem (1) has at least one solution on .
Proof We first restrict
and denote . Moreover, the operators Φ and Ψ are defined on as
We could find that
for . Therefore, we have . According to the assumption (A1) of our theorem, Ψ is a contraction mapping since
where is well defined in Theorem 3.1. By the definition of Φ, we can easily check that Φ is continuous (since is continuous) and uniformly bounded on as
Now we prove the compactness of the operator Φ. We denote , and for any and in domain, we have
which is independent of x. Thus, Φ is equicontinuous. According to the fact that Φ maps bounded subsets into relatively compact subsets, we know that is relatively compact in X for every t, where S is a bounded subset of Ω. So is relatively compact on . Thus, by using the Arzela-Ascoli theorem from functional analysis, Φ is compact on . Finally, we have the conclusion that the general irregular boundary value problem (1) has at least one solution on since all assumptions of Theorem 2.1 are satisfied, so the proof is completed. □
Furthermore, we have the next remark about the Green’s function of boundary value problem (1).
Remark 3.2 The Green’s function of boundary value problem (1) could be written as
Hence, by taking different , we obtain their Green’s function as Eq. (10). Expressly, if , a Green’s function of second order general irregular boundary problem is shown, see  and the last reference it cites. There is another truth, that is, the conclusion of  is a special case by fixing , , and , , of this paper.
4 Two examples
Example 4.1 Consider the following boundary value problem:
Here, , , , . As , therefore, the assumption in Theorem 2.1 is tenable with . Moreover,
Thus, according to Theorem 3.1, the boundary value problem (11) has a unique solution on .
Example 4.2 Consider the following boundary value problem:
Here, , , , . As , therefore, the assumption (A1) in Theorem 3.2 is tenable with . Moreover,
and satisfies the assumption condition (A2) in Theorem 3.2. Thus, according to Theorem 3.2, the boundary value problem (12) has at least one solution on .
In this paper, we mainly discuss the existence of solutions for a kind of irregular boundary value problem of nonlinear fractional differential equations. Unlike the restrictions in some references, we give a different opinion about the continuity and differentiation of derivative in the discussed boundary value problem. There are two important points to make here. Firstly, the different restriction of derivative we give is necessary to guarantee the existence of the second-order derivative. Generally speaking, taking BVP (1) as an example, the function is necessary to have th order derivative to guarantee the existence of solution could be th order differentiable. Secondly, we show a kind of more general boundary condition than that in some references, and some conclusions from other references are special cases of our results.
Finally, the recent applications of differential equations with fractional order as models in more and more fields of science and engineering makes it necessary to study the qualitative theory of such equations, and we hope that our work could make some contributions in this direction.
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We would like to thank the main editor and anonymous referees for their valuable comments and suggestions leading to improvement of this paper. This paper was supported by the Graduate degree thesis Innovation Foundation of Central South University (No. 2010ssxt119). The second author was supported by the National Foundation for Studying Abroad (No. 201206370079).
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Ma, S., Xu, Y. & Yue, W. Existence and uniqueness of solution for a class of nonlinear fractional differential equations. Adv Differ Equ 2012, 133 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1847-2012-133
- nonlinear fractional differential equations
- general irregular boundary conditions
- fixed-point theorem