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# Analytical study of time-fractional Navier-Stokes equation by using transform methods

*Advances in Difference Equations*
**volume 2016**, Article number: 61 (2016)

## Abstract

In this paper, we establish a modified reduced differential transform method and a new iterative Elzaki transform method, which are successfully applied to obtain the analytical solutions of the time-fractional Navier-Stokes equations. The obtained results show that the proposed techniques are simple, efficient, and easy to implement for fractional differential equations.

## 1 Introduction

In recent years, the fractional differential equations have been used in various fields such as colored noise, electromagnetic waves, boundary layer effects in ducts, viscoelastic mechanics, diffusion processes, and so on [1–5]. However, most fractional differential equations are very difficult to exactly solve, so numerical and approximation techniques have to be used. Recently, many powerful methods have been used to approximate linear and nonlinear fractional differential equations. These methods include the Adomain decomposition method (ADM) [6, 7], the homotopy perturbation method (HPM) [8–12], the variational iteration method (VIM) [13, 14], and so on.

The time-fractional Navier-Stokes equation can be written in operator form as [15, 16]

where \(D_{t}^{\alpha}=\frac{\partial^{\alpha}}{\partial{t^{\alpha}}}\) is the Caputo fractional derivative of order *α*, *p* is the pressure, *ρ* is the density, *u* is the velocity, *v* is the kinematic viscosity, and *t* is the time. When \(\alpha=1\), equation (1.1) is the classical Navier-Stokes equation, the form given by

In this paper, we consider the unsteady flow of a viscous fluid in a tube, the velocity field is a function of only one space coordinate, the time is a dependent variable. This kind of time-fractional Navier-Stokes equation has been studied by Momani and Odibat [15], Kumar *et al.* [16, 17], and Khan [18] by using the Adomian decomposition method (ADM), the homotopy perturbation transform method (HPTM), the modified Laplace decomposition method (MLDM), the variational iteration method (VIM), and the homotopy perturbation method (HPM), respectively.

In 2006, Daftardar-Gejji and Jafari [19] were first to propose the Gejji-Jafari iteration method for solving a linear and nonlinear fractional differential equation. The Gejji-Jafari iteration method is easy to implement and obtains a highly accurate result. The reduced differential transform method (RDTM) was first proposed by Keskin and Oturanc [20, 21]. The RDTM was also applied by many researchers to handle nonlinear equations arising in science and engineering. In recent years, Kumar *et al.* [22–28] used various methods to study the solutions of linear and nonlinear fractional differential equation combined with a Laplace transform.

Based on the Gejji-Jafari iteration method and RDTM, we established the new iterative Elzaki transform method (NIETM) and the modified reduced differential transform method (MRDTM) with the help of the Elzaki transform [29, 30] and we successfully applied this to time-fractional Navier-Stokes equations. The results show that our proposed methods are efficient and easy to implement with less computation for fractional differential equations.

## 2 Basic definitions

In this section, we set up notation and review some basic definitions from fractional calculus and Elzaki transforms.

### Definition 2.1

A real function \(f(x)\), \(x>0\), is said to be in the space \(C_{\mu}\), \(\mu\in{R}\) if there exists a real number *p* (\(p>\mu\)), such that \(f(x)=x^{p}f_{1}(x)\), where \(f_{1}(x)\in{C[0,\infty)}\), and it is said to be in the space \(C_{\mu}^{m}\) if \(f^{(m)}\in{C_{\mu}}\), \(m\in{N}\).

### Definition 2.2

The Riemann-Liouville fractional integral operator of order \(\alpha\geq 0\), of a function \(f(x)\in{C_{\mu}}\), \(\mu\geq-1\) is defined as [5]

where \(\Gamma(\cdot)\) is the well-known Gamma function.

### Definition 2.3

The fractional derivative of \(f(x)\) in the Caputo sense is defined as [5]

where \(n-1<\alpha\leq{n}\), \(n\in{N}\), \(x>0\), \(f\in{C_{-1}^{n}}\).

The following are the basic properties of the operator \(D^{\alpha}\):

### Definition 2.4

The Elzaki transform is defined over the set of functions \(A=\{f(t):\exists{M},k_{1},k_{2}>0,|f(t)|< Me^{\frac{|t|}{k}},t\in (-1)^{j},X\in[0,\infty)\}\) by the following formula [29, 30]:

### Lemma 2.1

*The Elzaki transform of the Riemann*-*Liouville fractional integral is defined as follows* [29, 30]:

### Lemma 2.2

*The Elzaki transform of the Caputo fractional derivative is given as follows* [29, 30]:

## 3 New iterative Elzaki transform method (NIETM)

Consider an unsteady, one-dimensional motion of a viscous fluid in a tube. The equations of motions which govern the flow field in the tube are the Navier-Stokes equations in cylindrical coordinates and they are given by [15, 16]

If the fractional derivative model is used to present the time derivative term, the equation of motion (3.1) assumes the form

where \(P=-\frac{1}{\rho}p_{z}\).

Applying the Elzaki transform on both sides of equation (3.2), we have

Using the property of the Elzaki transform and the initial condition, we get

Applying the inverse Elzaki operator on both sides of (3.4), we obtain

Assume

We can obtain

The solution of equation (3.7) has the series form

The operator *N* can be decomposed as

According to equations (3.8) and (3.9), equation (3.7) is equivalent to

We define the recurrence relation

Then

and

The *k*-term approximate solution of equation (3.7) is given by \(u=u_{0}+u_{1}+u_{2}+\cdots+u_{k-1}\).

Similarly, for the proof of the convergence of the NIETM, see [19].

## 4 Modified reduced differential transform method (MRDTM)

In this section, the basic definition of the modified reduced differential transform method is introduced as in [31, 32].

### Definition 4.1

The modified reduced differential transform of \(u(x,t)\) at \(t=t_{0}\) is represented as

where *α* is a parameter which describes the order of the time-fractional derivative.

### Definition 4.2

The differential inverse transform of \(U_{k}(x,t)\) is represented as

According to (4.1) and (4.2), the following theorems can be obtained.

### Theorem 4.1

*If*
\(w(x,t)=u(x,t)\pm{v(x,t)}\), *then*
\(MRDT[w(x,t)]=U_{k}(x)\pm{V_{k}(x)}\).

### Theorem 4.2

*If*
\(w(x,t)=\lambda{u(x,t)}\), *then*
\(MRDT[w(x,t)]=\lambda{U_{k}(x)}\).

### Theorem 4.3

*If*
\(w(x,t)=x^{m}t^{n}\), *then*
\(MRDT[w(x,t)]=x^{m}\delta(k-n)\), *where*

### Theorem 4.4

*If*
\(w(x,t)=u(x,t)v(x,t)\), *then*
\(MRDT[w(x,t)]=\sum^{k}_{r=0}U_{r}(x)V_{k-r}(x)\).

### Theorem 4.5

*If*
\(w(x,t)=\frac{\partial^{r}}{\partial{t^{r}}}u(x,t)\), *then*
\(MRDT[w(x,t)]=\frac{(k+r)!}{k!}\frac{\partial^{r}}{\partial{t^{r}}}U_{k+r}(x)\).

### Theorem 4.6

*If*
\(w(x,t)=\frac{\partial^{N\alpha}}{\partial{t^{N\alpha}}}u(x,t)\), *then*
\(MRDT[w(x,t)]=\frac{\Gamma(k\alpha+N\alpha+1)}{\Gamma(k\alpha +1)}U_{k+N}(x)\).

### Theorem 4.7

*If*
\(w(x,t)=[u(x,t)]^{k}\), *then*

Applying the modified reduced differential transform on both sides of equation (3.2), we have

Using the property of MRDT, we can obtain

According to equation (4.4), we have the following result:

So, we get the solution of equation (3.2) as follows:

## 5 Illustrative examples

### Example 1

Consider the following time-fractional Navier-Stokes equation:

### 5.1 Applying the NIETM

Applying the Elzaki transform on both sides of equation (5.1), we have

Using the inverse Elzaki transform and the initial condition on both sides of equation (5.2), we get

Assume

According to (3.11), we get the following results:

Therefore, the solution of equation (5.1) is

### Remark 5.1

The result is the same as ADM, HPTM, HPM, and VIM by Momani and Odibat [15], Kumar *et al.* [16, 17], and Khan [18].

### Remark 5.2

When \(\alpha=1\), equation (5.5) is the exact solution of the classical Navier-Stokes equation as follows:

### 5.2 Applying the MRDTM

Applying the MRDT on both sides of equation (5.1), we get

Using the property of MRDT, we have

By iteration with \(U_{0}=1-r^{2}\), we get the result

So, the solution of equation (5.1) is given as

### Example 2

We consider the following time-fractional Navier-Stokes equation:

### 5.3 Applying the NIETM

Applying the Elzaki transform on both sides of equation (5.9), we have

According to the initial condition, we can obtain

Using the inverse Elzaki operator on both sides of equation (5.11), we have

Assume

According to (3.11), we have the result

Therefore, the solution of equation (5.9) is given as

### Remark 5.3

The result is the same as ADM, HPTM, HPM, and VIM by Momani and Odibat [15], Kumar *et al.* [16, 17], and Khan [18].

### Remark 5.4

When \(\alpha=1\), equation (5.14) is the same as the exact solution of the classical Navier-Stokes equation [15],

### 5.4 Applying the MRDTM

Applying the MRDT on both sides of equation (5.9), we get

Applying the property of MRDT, we get

Using \(U_{0}=r\), we get

So, the solution of equation (5.9) is given as

### Remark 5.5

We apply the NIETM and MRDTM to solve the time-fractional Navier-Stokes equations, and we get complete agreement with HPM, HPTM, ADM, and VIM. By comparing, NIETM and MRDTM are more easy to understand and implement than other methods with less computation.

### Remark 5.6

Figures 1-3, respectively, show the approximate solution of equation (5.1) for \(\alpha=0.5,0.7,1\) at \(P=5\). Figure 4 shows the exact solution of equation (5.1) for \(\alpha=1\). Figure 5 shows the different solution of equation (5.1) for \(\alpha =0.6,0.8,1\) at \(P=5\), \(r=2\). Figure 6 shows the different solution of equation (5.1) for \(\alpha=0.6,0.8,1\) at \(P=5\), \(t=1\). By comparison, it is easy for us to find that the solution continuously depends on the values of the time-fractional derivative.

## 6 Conclusion

In this paper, we apply the modified reduced differential transform method and new iterative Elzaki transform method for solving the time-fractional Navier-Stokes equation. The numerical results show that the MRDTM and NIETM are very powerful and efficient techniques for fractional differential equations.

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Wang, K., Liu, S. Analytical study of time-fractional Navier-Stokes equation by using transform methods.
*Adv Differ Equ* **2016**, 61 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13662-016-0783-9

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### Keywords

- Elzaki transform
- fractional Navier-Stokes equation
- reduced differential transform method