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Arbitraryorder economic production quantity model with and without deterioration: generalized point of view
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2020, Article number: 16 (2020)
Abstract
The key objective of this paper is to study and discuss the application of fractional calculus on an arbitraryorder inventory control problem. Using the concepts of fractional calculus followed by fractional derivative, we construct different possible models like generalized fractionalorder economic production quantity (EPQ) model with the uniform demand and production rate and generalized fractionalorder EPQ model with the uniform demand and production rate and deterioration. Also, we show that the classical EPQ model is the particular case of the corresponding generalized fractional EPQ model. This greatly facilitates the researcher a novel tactic to analyse the solution of the EPQ model in the presence of fractional index. Furthermore, this attempt also provides the solution obtained through the optimization techniques after using the real distinct poles rational approximation of the generalized MittagLeffler function.
1 Introduction
The journey of the concept of fractional calculus (FC) has started in the seventeenth century. Newton and Leibnitz are considered to be the first researchers among the mathematicians for working in this direction in mathematics. Through many decades the concepts regarding FC has been used to illustrate many real life problems relating to various fields of science and economy. FC explores integrals and derivatives of functions. Here the order of differentiation may be real or complex and hence in a particular case it may be of integer order. These days, global interest in FC has seemed to be exponential. Due to the different results of fractional derivatives, FC has attained much attention for modelling of the image processes, and various fields of mathematics, economics, physics and engineering [1–7].
A differential equation is understood to be a fractional differential equation (FDE) when differential operator is of a fractional order. FC simplifies the idea of a derivative of the integer order to a derivative operator of an arbitraryorder (may be real or complex). Both in the theoretic and useful outcomes had sharp out that FDEs extant outstanding outcomes in solving the different multipart problems that stand up in the field of engineering and science. It was established by several authors (see, e.g., [8–10]). It has been established that the fractionalorder modelling is mostly beneficial to symbolize systems where computational effect on productions, this quality is the most important gain [11]. For the solutions of FDEs, it is complicated to acquire the analytical solutions owing their nonlocal stuff of the fractional derivative. Therefore, some systems were altered to obtain assessed solutions such as spectral methods [12], variational iteration methods [13], differential transform method [14] and Adomian decomposition method [15]. In recent years, researchers have had much attention for the field of FDEs. Recently, Hajipour et al. [16] discussed an accurate discretization of a variableorder fractional reaction–diffusion equation. The variableorder fractional description of compression deformation of amorphous glassy polymers was considered by Meng et al. [17]. The results for the nonlinear dynamical systems within the generalized fractional derivatives with MittagLeffler kernel were illustrated by Baleanu et al. [18]. For application purposes a new fractional analysis on the interaction of HIV with CD4+ Tcells was treated by Jajarmi and Baleanu [19]. A new aspect of the poor nutrition in the life cycle within the FC was investigated by Baleanu et al. [20]. Suboptimal control of fractionalorder dynamic systems with delay argument was investigated by Jajarmi and Baleanu [21]. Recently, some interesting work regarding very realistic and physical problems was done as an application of the fractional or arbitraryorder derivative method [22]. A fractional epidemiological model has been studied to describe computer viruses by Singh et al. [23]. Thereafter, Singh et al. [24] extended the Biswas–Milovic (BM) model which plays a vital role to describe the long distance optical communications. In addition, a rumor spreading dynamical model in a social network has been described by Singh. et al. [25]. A diabetes model and its complications with the Caputo–Frarizo fractional derivative have been investigated by Singh et al. [26]. Also, there is some work related to the application of FC on some production inventory problems which is interesting [27–31]. Also, a solution algorithm of fractional Drinfeld–Sokolov–Wilson equation in the numerical approach was given by Singh et al. [32].
1.1 Research gap between our work and related published work with our contribution
There are few papers [28–31] on the application of FC on EOQ models. On comparison, the same work on EPQ model is a little rare [27]. Moreover, the existing literature does not explain clearly the importance of the introduction of fractional concept on inventory theory. Besides that, there is no detailed explanation of the analytical or numerical optimization on the generalized EPQ model. The present study tries to overcome this deficiency.
Apart from these, in this paper we introduce the generalized EPQ model with deterioration which is totally novel. For numerical and analytical optimization, we use in a real distinct pole approximation the MittagLeffler function which is given by Iyiola, AsanteAsamani and Wade [33].
The contribution of the current study is:
 (i)
The modification of the woks by Das and Roy [27], especially in numerical result and motivation for using arbitrary order.
 (ii)
Arbitraryorder generalization of an EPQ model with and without deterioration when only the rate change of the inventory problem is arbitrary.
 (iii)
Application of a real distinct pole rational approximation to optimize the inventory problem with MittagLeffler function. This was not used by earlier researchers of the fractionalorder inventory model.
1.2 The idea for taking the use of fractional calculus in inventory model
Firstly, though the concept of the FC is a little abstract, one of its finest physical interpretations is that it has power to remember the previous effects of the input in order to determine the current output. Again, in the real world production system, the demand varies with the environment and circumstances. One of the important issues for the marketing system is the memory effect. Generally, the selling of the products depends on the quality of the product as well as the attitude or dealing policy of the supplier to the customers. Due to the good previous experience, a consumer gains interest for buying a product. On the contrary, for the bad impression on product or supplier, the consumer’s demand gradually decreases. Thus, the memory effect is an important issue for the management system and intuitionally the introduction of the FC is justified.
Secondly, our main objective in this study is to view some common EPQ models in more generalized form. In this perspective, arbitraryorder calculus is an important tool. Usually, an inventory model is described by differential equations of integer order. But one thing to remember is that the FC is not the calculus of fractional order only. Here, the order may be real, complex or in particular integer.
So, if we use the notion of fractional derivative, integration, and differential equation, then we have the following facilities.
First of all, the EPQ model described by FDE is more realistic as it illustrates the idea of memory effect of the previous experience. Secondly, introducing the fractional (arbitrary) differential equation to describe the model, we can extend the theory of EPQ. And lastly, the classical inventory model with integerorder differential equation can be described as a particular case of the fractional one.
1.3 Structure of the paper
Furthermore, the remaining structure of the paper is organized as follows. After a detailed discussion and a general overview on FC in Sect. 2, the notations, units and their descriptions are elaborated in Sect. 3. The inventory problem of EPQ type is defined in Sect. 4. Details discussion of mathematical modelling for EPQ in different scenario is illustrated in Sect. 5. Theoretical or analytical results of corresponding optimization of the problems are shown in Sect. 6. The numerical results are shown in Sect. 7. The concluding remarks are made in Sect. 8.
2 General overview on fractional calculus
2.1 Riemann–Liouville fractional derivative
Let f be a real valued continuous function. Then the left Riemann–Liouville derivative of fractional order α is defined to be
And the right Riemann–Liouville derivative of fractional order α is defined to be
Remark 2.1
The basic difference of the R–L derivative from the ordinary calculus is that the R–L derivative of constant term is not equal to zero.
Remark 2.2
For \(m=1\) the left and right Riemann–Liouville derivative will be of the form \({}_{a} D_{x}^{\alpha } ( f ( x ) ) = \frac{1}{\varGamma ( 1\alpha )} \frac{d}{dx} \int _{a}^{x} ( xt )^{\alpha } f(t)\,dt\), where \(x>0 \) and \({}_{a} D _{x}^{\alpha } ( f ( x ) ) = \frac{1}{ \varGamma ( 1\alpha )} ( \frac{d}{dx} ) \int _{x}^{a} ( xt )^{\alpha } f(t)\,dt\), where \(x>0\).
2.2 Riemann–Liouville fractional integral
Let f be a real valued continuous function. Then the Riemann–Liouville integral of fractional order α is defined to be
Remark 2.3
For \(a=0\) above we have the definition of the Riemann integral and for \(a=\infty \) the same is the definition of the Liouville integral.
2.3 Memory dependent derivative
Using the kernel, the derivative of any function can be written as
Remark 2.4

(1)
If we take \(K ( xt ) =\delta (xt)\), it gives the memoryless derivative i.e. a derivative of integer order.

(2)
If we consider \(K ( xt ) = \frac{(xt)^{(m \alpha )}}{\varGamma (m\alpha )}\), then we get the expression
$$ D_{a}^{\alpha } \bigl( f ( x ) \bigr) = \int _{a}^{x} K ( xt ) f^{m} (t) \,dt. $$Here \(f^{m}\) denotes the common derivative of mth order.

(3)
The fractional derivative is not a local property. The total effects of the αth order derivative on the interval \([a, x]\) describe the variation of a system in which the instantaneous change rate depends on the past state; it is called the “memory effect”.

(4)
The memory strength is controlled by α. As \(\alpha \rightarrow 1\), the system becomes weaker in the sense of memory and for \(\alpha =1\) it becomes totally memoryless. Lower value of α indicates a long memory of the system.
2.4 Laplace transformation of fractional derivative
The differential equation of arbitraryorder is the generalization of the differential equation. There are several ideas to find the solution of a fractional differential equation and the Laplace transformation is one of them. In this section of our study, we give a brief discussion of the Laplace transformation of a fractional derivative and its consequence.
Definition 2.1
The Laplace transform of a function \(f ( t )\) is given by
Definition 2.2
The inverse Laplace transform of a function \(F ( s )\) is given by
Corollary 2.1
The Laplace transformation of the derivative of the integer order n is given by
2.5 Laplace transformation of the Riemann–Liouville derivative and integral
The Laplace transform associated with the Riemann–Liouville derivative having fractional order \(p >0\) is given by
The Laplace transform associated with the Riemann–Liouville integral having the order p, where \(p >0\) is
Corollary 2.2
 (1)
For \(n =1\)the last expression takes the form
$$ L \bigl\{ {}_{0} D_{t}^{p} f ( t ); s \bigr\} = s ^{p} F ( s )  {}_{0} D_{t}^{p  1} f ( 0 ), \quad \textit{where } 0 \leq p < 1. $$  (2)
For \(n =2\)the last expression takes the form
$$ L \bigl\{ {}_{0} D_{t}^{p} f ( t ); s \bigr\} = s ^{p} F ( s )  {}_{0} D_{t}^{p  1} f ( 0 ) s \bigl[ {}_{0} D_{t}^{p  2} f ( 0 ) \bigr], \quad \textit{where } 1 \leq p < 2. $$  (3)
Themtimes differentiated MittagLeffler function is given by
$$ E_{\alpha , \beta }^{ ( m )} ( z ) = \sum_{k =0}^{\infty } \frac{( k + m )!}{k !} \frac{z^{k}}{\varGamma ( \alpha k + \alpha m + \beta )}. $$
Then \(L \{ t^{\alpha m + \beta  1} E_{\alpha , \beta }^{ ( m )} ( a t^{\alpha } ); s \} = \frac{m ! s ^{\alpha \beta }}{( s^{\alpha } a )^{m +1}}\).
2.6 Gamma function
Let \(z \in \mathbb{C}\), then the Gamma function is given by
By splitting this integral, at a point \(x \geq 0\), we obtain two incomplete gamma functions;
and \(\varGamma ( z, x ) = \int _{x}^{\infty } e^{ t} t^{z  1} \,dt\).
Remark 2.5

(1)
\(\gamma ( z, x ) + \varGamma ( z, x ) = \varGamma ( z )\), for all \(x \geq 0\) and for all \(\operatorname{Re} ( z )>0\).

(2)
If we consider \(\varGamma ( 1, x ) = e^{ x}\) then \(\gamma ( 1, x ) =1  e^{ x}\).
2.7 Beta function
Let \(z, w \in \mathbb{C}\) then the Beta function is given by
2.8 The MittagLeffler function
The exponential function \(e^{z}\) has a great importance in the study of the differential equation of integer order. This can also be written in a series form, which is given by
More generally, we can consider the expression
and the further generalization
this is also called the MittagLeffler function.
Remark 2.6

(1)
For the special case of \(\alpha =1\) and \(\beta =1\), we have \(E_{1,1} ( z ) = e^{z}\).

(2)
The MittagLeffler function plays a major role n the study of the functional calculus.
Corollary 2.3
Let \(z \in \mathbb{C}\), \(\alpha , \beta \in \mathbb{C}\), \(\operatorname{Re} ( \alpha )>0\)and \(m \in \mathbb{N}\), then themtimes differentiated MittagLeffler function is given by
2.9 A real distinct pole rational approximation of the generalized MittagLeffler function
A real distinct pole rational function is given by
A real distinct pole rational approximation of the generalized MittagLeffler function,
is given by
where \(a= \frac{\varGamma (\beta )}{\varGamma (\alpha +\beta )} bc\), \(b= \frac{\varGamma (\alpha +\beta )}{\varGamma (2\alpha +\beta )}  \frac{1}{4}\), \(c= \frac{\varGamma (\beta ) \varGamma (2\alpha +\beta )}{ \varGamma ( \alpha +\beta ) (5 \varGamma ( 2\alpha + \beta ) 4 \varGamma ( \alpha +\beta ) )}\).
Special cases

(1)
\(E_{\alpha } ( z ) =E_{\alpha , 1} ( z ) \approx \frac{1+az}{ ( 1bz ) (1cz)}\).
Here \(a = \frac{1}{\alpha \varGamma (\alpha )} bc\), \(b= \frac{\varGamma (\alpha )}{2\varGamma (2\alpha )}  \frac{1}{4}\), \(c= \frac{\varGamma (2 \alpha )}{\alpha \varGamma ( \alpha ) (5 \varGamma ( 2 \alpha ) 2 \varGamma ( \alpha ) )}\).

(2)
\(e^{z} =E_{1, 1} ( z ) \approx \frac{1+ \frac{5}{12} z}{ ( 1 \frac{1}{4} z ) (1 \frac{1}{3} z)}\).
Remark 2.7
This is useful for solving scalar linear fractional differential equations.
4 Defining the problem for inventory planning of EPQ type
4.1 Integerorder EPQ model without deterioration
The classical (integerorder) EPQ model is developed under the following assumptions:
 (i)
Demand is deterministic and uniform.
 (ii)
No shortage is allowed.
 (iii)
Lead time is zero.
 (iv)
Production rate is finite.
 (v)
Planning horizon is infinite.
4.2 Arbitraryorder EPQ model with deterioration
Along with all the abovementioned assumptions, here, the additional assumption is that the EPQ model is memory sensitive i.e. the demand depends on the memory of the customer with the previous experience concerned with the behaviour of the shopkeeper or the quality of the product etc.
4.3 Integerorder EPQ model with deterioration
Along with all the assumptions, mentioned in Section 4.1, the additional assumption is that the products will be deteriorated with different rates in production time and nonproductive time.
4.4 Arbitraryorder EPQ model with deterioration
Along with all the assumptions, described in Section 4.3, the additional assumption is that the EPQ model is memory sensitive i.e. the demand depends on the memory of the customer with the previous experience concerned with the behaviour of the shopkeeper or the quality of the product.
5 Details discussion of mathematical modelling for EPQ in different scenario
5.1 Classical (integerorder) EPQ model without deterioration (Model 1)
There are two parts of this whole cycle during the first scheduling period T. The production starts at \(t =0\) and throughout the time interval \([0, t_{1}]\), the inventory level is increased gradually at the rate \(K  D\) due to production rate K and to meet the demand the D. At the time \(t = t_{1}\), the inventory reaches its highest level and here the production is stopped. Then during the time interval \([ t _{1}, T ]\), the inventory level gradually decreases as regards it being payable to happen up the customer’s demands and at \(t = T\) the inventory level reaches 0, as no shortage is allowed (see Fig. 1).
If \(q ( t )\) represents the inventory level at any time, then the corresponding differential equation is given by
We have the boundary conditions \(q ( 0 ) = q ( T ) =0\).
Now (5.1) along with the initial condition gives \(q ( t ) = ( KD ) t\), for \(0 \leq t \leq t_{1}\).
Let \(q ( t_{1} ) = q_{\mathrm{max}}\).
Now (5.2) along with the initial condition gives \(q ( t ) =(Tt)D\), for \(t_{1} \leq t \leq T\).
So, we have
and
So \(T = t_{1} + ( T  t_{1} ) = q_{\mathrm{max}} ( \frac{1}{K  D} + \frac{1}{D} )\), i.e.,
Some relevant costs
 (i)
The holding cost is
$$\begin{aligned} \mathrm{HC} &= c_{1} \biggl[ \int _{o}^{t_{1}} q ( t ) \,dt + \int _{t_{1}}^{T} q(t)\,dt \biggr] \\ &= c_{1} \biggl[ ( K  D ) \frac{t_{1}^{2}}{2} + D \frac{ ( T  t_{1} )^{2}}{2} \biggr] \\ &= \frac{c_{1}}{2} \biggl(1  \frac{D}{K} \biggr) D T^{2},\quad \mbox{using the last three equations}. \end{aligned}$$(5.6)  (ii)
The total cost is
$$ \mathrm{TC}= c_{1} + \frac{c_{1}}{2} \biggl( 1  \frac{D}{K} \biggr) D T^{2} . $$(5.7)  (iii)
The total average cost is
$$ \mathrm{TAC}= \frac{c_{3}}{T} + \frac{c _{1}}{2} \biggl(1 \frac{D}{K} \biggr)\mathrm{DT}. $$(5.8)
So, the classical EPQ model is
5.2 Generalized (arbitraryorder) EPQ model without deterioration (Model 2)
Here, we consider the memory effect with the same assumption and notations as for classical EPQ model. Then, the differential equation of fractional order α, due to memory (\(0\leq \alpha \leq 1 \)), corresponding to the generalized EPQ model, is
Let
Taking the Laplace transformation of (5.10) we get
Or
Then
Again, taking the Laplace transformation of (5.11) we have
Or
Now, let \(t_{2} =T t_{1}\).
Again, \(q ( T ) =0\) or
Hence, from (5.15) and (5.17) we have
Then, for \(0\leq t\leq t_{1} \), we get
For \(t_{1} \leq t\leq T\), we get
Now \(q ( t ) \) is continuous at \(t= t_{1}\).
So, \(q_{\mathrm{max}} =q( t_{1} )\) or \(( KD ) \frac{t_{1}^{\alpha }}{\varGamma ( \alpha +1 )} = \frac{D}{\varGamma (\alpha +1)} [ T^{\alpha }  t _{1}^{\alpha } ] \).
Or
Again, by (5.19) and (5.20) we get
Some relevant costs
 (i)
The holding cost \(\mathrm{HC}_{\alpha ,\beta } ( T ) = c_{1} D^{\beta } q ( T )\).
Here
$$\begin{aligned} D^{\beta } q ( T ) =& \frac{1}{\varGamma ( \beta )} \int _{0}^{T} ( Tx )^{\beta 1} q ( x ) \,dx \\ = &\frac{1}{\varGamma (\beta )} \biggl[ \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( Tx ) ^{\beta 1} q ( x ) \,dx+ \int _{t_{1}}^{T} ( Tx ) ^{\beta 1} q ( x ) \,dx \biggr] \\ =& \frac{1}{\varGamma (\beta )} \biggl[ \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( Tx ) ^{\beta 1} ( KD ) \frac{x^{\alpha }}{\varGamma ( \alpha +1 )} \,dx \\ &{}+ \int _{t_{1}}^{T} ( Tx )^{\beta 1} \frac{D}{\varGamma ( \alpha +1 )} \bigl[ T^{\alpha }  x^{\alpha } \bigr] \,dx \biggr] \\ =& \frac{1}{\varGamma ( \beta )} ( I_{1} + I_{2} ). \end{aligned}$$(5.23)Here
$$ I_{1} = \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( Tx )^{\beta 1} ( KD ) \frac{x^{\alpha }}{\varGamma ( \alpha +1 )} \,dx $$(5.24)and
$$ I_{2}= \int _{t_{1}}^{T} ( Tx )^{\beta 1} \frac{D}{ \varGamma ( \alpha +1 )} \bigl[ T^{\alpha }  x^{\alpha } \bigr] \,dx. $$(5.25)So, the holding cost is
$$ \mathrm{HC}_{\alpha ,\beta } ( T ) = \frac{c_{1}}{\varGamma ( \beta )} ( I_{1} +I_{2} ). $$(5.26)  (ii)
The total cost = the holding cost + the set up cost
$$ = \frac{c_{1}}{\varGamma ( \beta )} ( I_{1} +I_{2} ) + c_{3}. $$  (iii)
The total average cost, \(\mathrm{TAC}_{\alpha ,\beta } ( T ) = \frac{c_{1}}{\varGamma ( \beta ) T} ( I _{1} +I_{2} ) + \frac{c_{3}}{T}\).
Therefore, the model will be of the form
This is the generalized EPQ model.
5.3 Classical (integerorder) EPQ model with deterioration (Model 3)
During the first scheduling period T, there are two parts of this whole cycle. The production starts at \(t =0 \) and throughout the time interval \([0, t_{1}]\), the inventory level is increased at the rate \(K  D\) due to the production rate K and to meet the demand we have D. Also the deterioration affects the inventory level. In the time interval \([0, t_{1}]\), the deterioration rate is \(\theta _{1}\). At the time \(t = t_{1}\), the inventory reaches its highest level and the production is stopped. Then, throughout the time interval \([ t_{1}, T ]\), the inventory level gradually decreases as regards being payable to meet the customer’s demands and for the deterioration at the rate \(\theta _{2}\) and at \(t = T \)the inventory level reaches 0, as no shortage is allowed (see Fig. 2).
If \(q ( t )\) represents the inventory level at any time, then the corresponding differential equation is given by
We have the boundary conditions
Also, let
Solving Eqs. (5.28) and (5.29) and by using the boundary conditions we have
Then,
Also, using the continuity condition we have
Some relevant costs
 (i)
The total holding cost is
$$\begin{aligned} \mathrm{HC}&= c_{h} \biggl[ \int _{0}^{t_{1}} q ( t ) \,dt + \int _{t_{1}}^{T} q(t)\,dt \biggr] \\ &= c_{h} \biggl[ \frac{KD}{\theta _{1}} t_{1} + \frac{KD}{\theta _{1} ^{2}} \bigl( e^{ \theta _{1} t_{1}} 1 \bigr) + \frac{D}{\theta _{2}^{2}} \bigl\{ e^{\theta _{2} ( T t_{1} )}  \theta _{2} ( T t_{1} ) 1 \bigr\} \biggr]. \end{aligned}$$(5.36)  (ii)
The production cost,
$$ \mathrm{PC}= c_{p} \int _{0}^{t_{1}} K\,dt = c _{p} K t_{1}. $$(5.37)  (iii)
Total cost of the system during the entire circle is given by
$$ X= c_{0} +\mathrm{HC}+\mathrm{PC}. $$(5.38)  (iv)
Total average cost of the system during the entire circle is given by
$$ \mathrm{TAC}= \frac{X}{T}. $$(5.39)
So, the problem can be written as
5.4 Generalized (arbitraryorder) EPQ model with deterioration (Model 4)
Here, we consider the memory effect with the same assumptions and notations as the integerorder EPQ model with deterioration. Then the differential equation of fractional order α, due to memory (\(0\leq \alpha \leq 1 \)), corresponding to the generalized EPQ model, is
We have the boundary conditions
Also, let
Now, taking the Laplace transformation of (5.41) we have
Or
Therefore, using the inverse Laplace transformation of (5.45) we have
Here
Now, taking the Laplace transformation of (5.42) we have
Or
Therefore, using the inverse Laplace transformation of (5.48) we have
Here
Now, let \(t_{2} =T t_{1}\).
Again, \(q ( T ) =0\).
So
Then (5.49) takes the form
Again, from (5.46) we have
Now, from (5.51) and (5.52) we have
Then, for \(0\leq t\leq t_{1} \), we get
and, for \(t_{1} \leq t\leq T\), we get
Now, \(q ( t ) \) is continuous at \(t= t_{1}\).
So \(q_{\mathrm{max}} =q( t_{1} )\) i.e.,
Some relevant costs
 (i)
The holding cost is
$$ \mathrm{HC}_{\alpha ,\beta } ( T ) = c_{h} D^{\beta } q ( T ). $$(5.58)Here
$$\begin{aligned} D^{\beta } q ( T ) &= \frac{1}{\varGamma ( \beta )} \int _{0}^{T} ( Tx )^{\beta 1} q(x)\,dx \\ &= \frac{1}{\varGamma (\beta )} \biggl[ \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( Tx ) ^{\beta 1} q ( x ) \,dx+ \int _{t_{1}}^{T} ( Tx ) ^{\beta 1} q ( x ) \biggr] \,dx \\ &= \frac{1}{\varGamma (\beta )} \biggl[ \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( Tx ) ^{\beta 1} \frac{KD}{\theta _{1}} \bigl( 1 E_{\alpha } \bigl(  \theta _{1} x^{\alpha } \bigr) \bigr) \,dx \\ &\quad {}+ \int _{t_{1}}^{T} ( Tx )^{\beta 1} \frac{D}{\theta _{2}} \bigl\{ E_{\alpha } \bigl( \theta _{2} T^{\alpha } \bigr) E_{\alpha } \bigl(  \theta _{2} x^{\alpha } \bigr) 1 \bigr\} \,dx \biggr] \\ &= \frac{1}{\varGamma ( \beta )} ( I_{1} + I_{2} ). \end{aligned}$$(5.59)Here
$$ I_{1} = \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( Tx )^{\beta 1} \frac{KD}{ \theta _{1}} \bigl( 1 E_{\alpha } \bigl(  \theta _{1} x^{\alpha } \bigr) \bigr) \,dx $$(5.60)and
$$ I_{2} = \int _{t_{1}}^{T} ( Tx )^{\beta 1} \frac{D}{ \theta _{2}} \bigl\{ E_{\alpha } \bigl( \theta _{2} T^{\alpha } \bigr)E_{\alpha } \bigl( \theta _{2} x^{\alpha } \bigr)1\bigr\} \,dx. $$(5.61)  (ii)
The production cost is
$$\begin{aligned} \mathrm{PC}&= c_{p} D^{\beta } K= c_{p} \frac{1}{ \varGamma ( \beta )} \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( t_{1} x ) ^{\beta 1} K\,dx \\ &= c_{p} K \frac{1}{\varGamma ( \beta )} \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( t_{1} x )^{\beta 1} \,dx. \end{aligned}$$(5.62)  (iii)
The total cost of the system during the entire circle is given by
$$ \mathrm{TP}_{\alpha ,\beta } ( T ) = c_{0} +\mathrm{HC}+ \mathrm{PC}. $$(5.63)  (iv)
The total average cost of the system during the entire circle is given by
$$ \mathrm{TAP}_{\alpha ,\beta } ( T ) = \frac{\mathrm{TP} _{\alpha ,\beta } ( T )}{T}. $$(5.64)
So, the problem can be written as
6 Theoretical/analytical results for optimization of the problems
6.1 Model 1
Solving a (5.9), we can show that \(T^{*} = \sqrt{\frac{2 c_{3}}{C _{1} D (1  \frac{D}{K} )}} \) is the optimal cycle time at which the optimal average cost is \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*} ( T^{*} ) = \sqrt{2 c_{1} c_{3} D (1  \frac{D}{K} )} \) and \(q_{\mathrm{max}} ^{*} = \sqrt{\frac{2 c_{3} D (1  \frac{D}{K} )}{C_{1}}}\).
6.2 Model 2
Case 6.1
(\(\alpha =1\) and \(\beta =1\))
 (i)
The holding cost
$$\begin{aligned} \mathrm{HC}_{1,1} =& \frac{c_{1}}{\varGamma (1)} \biggl[ \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( Tx ) ^{11} q ( x ) \,dx+ \biggr] \int _{t_{1}}^{T} ( Tx ) ^{11} q(x) \,dx \\ =& \frac{c_{1}}{\varGamma ( 1 )} \biggl[ \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( KD ) \frac{x}{\varGamma ( 1+1 )} \,dx+ \int _{t_{1}}^{T} \frac{D}{\varGamma ( 1+1 )} [ Tx ] \,dx \biggr] \\ =& c_{1} \biggl[ ( KD ) \frac{t_{1}^{2}}{2} +D \frac{(T t_{1} )^{2}}{2} \biggr] \\ =& \frac{c_{1}}{2} \biggl(1 \frac{D}{K} \biggr)D T^{2}, \quad \mbox{using } K t _{1} =\mathrm{DT}. \end{aligned}$$  (ii)
The total average cost \(\mathrm{TAC}_{1,1} = \frac{c_{1}}{2} (1 \frac{D}{K} )\mathrm{DT}+\frac{c_{3}}{T}\).
So, the EPQ model is
Remark 6.1
This is the classical EPQ model. It is seen that the classical EPQ model is a particular case of the general EPQ model.
Case 6.2
(When \(\beta =1\) and α is any arbitrary number such that \({0} <\alpha \leq 1\))
(i) The holding cost
(ii) The total average cost
So, the EPQ model is
Analytical solution using geometric programming method
The corresponding dual problem is
subject to the normalized and orthogonal conditions
This gives \(w_{1} = \frac{1}{\alpha +1}\) and \(w_{2} = \frac{\alpha }{ \alpha +1}\).
Also, the primaldual relationship will be
This gives \(T= ( \frac{c_{3}}{c_{2} \alpha } )^{\frac{1}{ \alpha +1}}\) and
So, finally the problem will be
and \(T= ( \frac{c_{3}}{c_{2} \alpha } )^{\frac{1}{\alpha +1}}\), \(q_{\mathrm{max}} = \frac{D}{\varGamma ( \alpha +1 )} ( 1 \frac{D}{K} ) T^{\alpha } = \frac{D}{\varGamma ( \alpha +1 )} ( 1 \frac{D}{K} ) ( \frac{c_{3}}{c_{2} \alpha } ) ^{\frac{1}{\alpha +1}}\).
Case 6.3
(When \({\alpha }={1}\) and β is any arbitrary number such that \({0} < \beta \leq 1\))
Therefore, the model will be of the form
Here
and
Case 6.4
(For arbitrary values of α and β the analytical illustration for the model is a little tough. For the sake of simplicity we take particular values of α and β. Here in our discussion we take \({\alpha }=0.5\) and \({\beta }=0.5\))
Then,
So the holding cost is \(\mathrm{HC}_{0.5,0.5} ( T ) = \frac{c _{1}}{\varGamma ( 0.5 )} ( I_{1} +I_{2} )\).
Therefore the model will be of the form
6.3 Model 3
We think that there is no need to illustrate further theoretical results after describing in detail the part of mathematical modelling.
6.4 Model 4
Case 6.5
(When \({\alpha }={1}\) and \({\beta }={1}\))
(i) The holding cost is \(\mathrm{HC}_{1,1} ( T ) = c_{h} D^{1} q ( T )\).
Here
Here
and
This shows that it is the holding cost for the classical EPQ model with deterioration.
(ii) The production cost is
This is the production cost of the classical EPQ model with deterioration.
(iii) The total cost of the system during the entire circle is given by
(iv) The total average cost of the system during the entire circle is given by
So the problem can be written as
Remark 6.2
The above discussion shows that the classical EPQ model with deterioration is a particular case of the generalized fractional EPQ model with deterioration.
Case 6.6
(When α is any arbitrary number such that \({0} <\alpha \leq 1\) and \({\beta }={1}\))
Here, we use the real distinct pole approximation of the MittagLeffler function to avoid complexity of the function.
(i) The holding cost is
Here
and
For a particular value of α, say \(\alpha =0.5\) we have the following:
where
and
Here
(ii) The production cost is \(\mathrm{PC}_{0.5,1} = c_{p} \int _{0}^{t _{1}} K\,dx = c_{p} K t_{1}\).
So the problem can be written as
Case 6.7
(When \({\alpha }={1}\) and β is arbitrary number such that \({0} < \beta \leq 1\))
(i) The holding cost is \(\mathrm{HC}_{1,\beta } ( T ) = c _{h} D^{\beta } q ( T ) = \frac{c_{h}}{\varGamma ( \beta )} ( I_{1} + I_{2} )\).
Here
and
(ii) The production cost is \(\mathrm{PC}_{1,\beta } ( T ) = c_{p} D^{1} K= c_{p} \frac{1}{\varGamma ( \beta )} \int _{0}^{t_{1}} ( t_{1} x )^{\beta 1} K\,dx\).
(iii) The total cost of the system during the entire circle is given by
So, the problem can be written as
Case 6.8
For arbitrary values of α and β the problem becomes more complicated. But for particular values of α and β the problem can be solved numerically with approach described in Case 6.6.
7 Numerical results and sensitivity analysis
Some numerical examples have been taken and sensitivity analysis on the examples has been done to justify the theoretical aspects.
7.1 Model 1
For numerical illustration, we take the following numerical values:
Then the minimum total average cost is \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*} =386.9884\) which is obtained for the optimal time cycle \(T^{*} =96.74709\). Also then the maximum inventory level \(q_{\mathrm{max}}^{*} =96.74709\).
In Table 3, the sensitivity of the optimality with respect to the values of the parameters is shown.
From Table 3, we can make the following observations:
 (i)
As the values of \(c_{1}\) increase, \(T^{*}\) gradually decreases and \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increases. This indicates that as the holding cost increases the total schedule time has to decrease to minimize the total average cost.
 (ii)
As the values of \(c_{3}\) increase, both \(T^{*}\) and \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increase. This fact can be interpreted as follows: if the ordering cost increases then to minimize the total average cost the inventory procedure needs to run a long time.
 (iii)
As the value of K increases, \(T^{*}\) gradually decreases and \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increases. That means that, for a high production rate, the total schedule time must be shorter and the total average cost will be minimized.
 (iv)
As the values of D increases, \(T^{*}\) gradually decreases and \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increases. That means that to meet a large demand the total time must be shorter and then obviously the total average cost will be minimized.
7.2 Model 2
We consider the same numerical value as taken for Model 1. Then, for this arbitrary model we have the following cases:
Case 6.1: When \({\alpha }={1}\)and \({\beta }={1}\)
In the theoretical discussion we have shown that for this case Model 2 reduces to Model 1. The same thing happens for the numerical example also, i.e., if we take the same numerical example as Model 1 with \(\alpha =1\) and \(\beta =1\) then we can illustrate Model 2 using Model 1.
Case 6.2: When \({\alpha } >0\)is arbitraryand \({\beta }={1}\)
Here we discuss the same numerical example as Model 1, i.e., \(c_{1} =4\), \(c _{3} =30\), \(K=2500\), \(D=1200\).
In Table 4, the sensitivity of the optimality with respect to the different values of the memory index α is shown.
From Table 4, we can make the observation that there is a critical value of the memory parameter, \(\mbox{say} = 0.3\), for which the minimized total average cost becomes maximum (480.7231) and then the value of \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) decreases above and below the table. The lower values of α indicates a large memory. So, another interpretation from the table is that for large memory the system needs more time to minimize the total average cost. That means that to reach the same minimum cost like the memoryless inventory system, the dealer has to change the policy of dealing with customers.
In Table 5, the sensitivity of the optimality with respect to the value of the parameters is shown for the fixed values of the memory parameters \(\alpha =0.5\) and \(\beta =1\).
The observations in Table 5 and the interpretations regarding it are the same as that of Table 3.
Case 6.3: When \({\alpha }={1}\)andβis arbitrary
Here we fix the value of \({\beta } =0.5\) and take the same example as Case 6.2. Then the minimum value of the total average cost is \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*} =622.3119\), which is given for the optimal time cycle \(T^{*} =0.1446220\). Also the maximum inventory will be \(q_{\mathrm{max}}^{*} =90.24413\), which is obtained at \(t_{1}^{*} =0.0694185\).
In Table 6, the sensitivity of the optimality with respect to the different values of the memory index β is shown.
From Table 6, we can make the observation that there is a critical value of the memory parameter, say 0.4, for which the minimized total average cost becomes maximum (650.4005) and then the value of \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) decreases above and below the table. The lower values of β indicate a large memory. So, another interpretation from the table is that for large memory the system needs more time to minimize the total average cost. That means that to reach the same minimum cost like the memoryless inventory system, the dealer has to change the policy of dealing with customers.
In Table 7, the sensitivity of the optimality with respect to the value of the parameters is shown for the fixed values of the memory parameters \(\alpha =1\) and \(\beta =0.5\).
The observations in Table 7 and the interpretations regarding it are the same as that of Table 3.
Case 6.4: Whenα, βare arbitrary
In our discussion we take \(\alpha =0.5\), \(\beta =0.5\) and \(c_{1} =4\), \(c _{3} =40\), \(K=250\), \(D=120\).
Then, the minimum value of the total average cost, \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*} =146.3850\), which is given for the optimal time interval, \(T^{*} =1.010695\) and \(t_{1}^{*} =0.2562614\) and \(q_{\mathrm{max}}^{*} =70.78638\).
In Table 8, the sensitivity of the optimality with respect to the value of the parameters is shown.
The observations in Table 8 and the interpretations regarding it are the same as that of Table 3.
7.3 Model 3
We set an example given as follows:
Then the minimum cost TAC∗ is 561,866.9, which is given for the optimal value of \(T^{*} =0.1454915\) and \(t_{1}^{*} =0.08783444\). Also, then the maximum inventory level will be \(q_{\mathrm{max}}^{*} =81\text{,}183\).
In Table 9, the sensitivity of the optimality with respect to the value of the parameters is shown.
From Table 9, we can make the following observations.
 (i)
When the value of \(c_{h}\) increases then \(T^{*}\) and \(\mathrm{TAC} ^{*}\) remain the same. So, we can say the optimality is stable with respect to the change of the holding cost.
 (ii)
When the value of \(c_{0}\) increases then both \(T^{*}\) and \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increase. This fact can be interpreted as follows: if the ordering cost increases then to minimize the total average cost the inventory procedure needs to run a long time.
 (iii)
When the value of \(c_{p}\) increases \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increases. This fact can be interpreted as follows: if the production cost increases, the total average cost increases.
 (iv)
If the value of K increases then \(T^{*}\) gradually decreases and \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increases. That means that for high production rate the total time must be shorter and the total average cost will be minimized.
 (v)
When the value of D increases then \(T^{*}\) gradually decreases and \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increases. That means that to meet a large demand the total time must be shorter and then obviously the total average cost will be minimized.
 (vi)
When the values of \(\theta _{1}\), \(\theta _{2}\) increase then \(T^{*}\) gradually decreases and \(\mathrm{TAC}^{*}\) gradually increases. That means that as the total cost gradually increases due to deterioration, for minimum cost the procedure has to run for shorter time.
7.4 Model 4
Case 6.5: When \({\alpha }={1}\)and \({\beta }={1}\)
In this case Model 4 is reduces to the model 3. So if we take the same numerical data as model3 the numerical discussion will be done for this case.
Case 6.6: When \({\alpha } >0\)is arbitrary and \({\beta }={1}\)
For example if we take \(\alpha =0.5\) and set an example given by
then the minimum cost is \(\mathrm{TAC}_{0.5,1}^{*} =568575.9\), which is given for the optimal value of \(T^{*} =9.978575.9\) and \(t_{1}^{*} =0.0004\).
In Table 10, the sensitivity of the optimality with respect to the value of the parameters is shown.
The observations in Table 10 and the interpretations regarding it are the same as that of Table 9.
8 Conclusion
In this paper, we realize that classical economic production quantity model (EPQ) may be generalized as a fractionalorder EPQ model with and without deterioration. It is being perceived that holding costs and total average costs for nonfractional cases are the particular cases of generalized holding costs and generalized total average costs. That means that the classical EPQ model may be seen as a particular case of the generalized EPQ model. We have also seen that the generalized EPQ model (fractional EPQ) is not so easy to optimize analytically by any ordinary optimization method. It needs some different solution procedure. For that, we use the real distinct poles rational approximation method of the generalized MittagLeffler function and after simplifying we get the result of the optimization problem. In the future, we shall be looking for the analytical as well as numerical optimization method for fractional EPQ models. Hence the FC may be exploited to grow any other classical EPQ and EPQ model with different verity. Moreover, we conclude that the fractionalorder inventory model mechanism has been successfully implied for a business which has been a new result. More work with practical info needs to be carried out for future features.
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Rahaman, M., Mondal, S.P., Shaikh, A.A. et al. Arbitraryorder economic production quantity model with and without deterioration: generalized point of view. Adv Differ Equ 2020, 16 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s136620192465x
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Keywords
 Fractional derivative
 Differential equation of arbitraryorder
 EPQ model
 Laplace transformation
 Real distinct poles rational approximation of the generalized MittagLeffler function
 Geometric programming for optimization