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Nonlocal nonlinear integrodifferential equations of fractional orders

Amar Debbouche1, Dumitru Baleanu23* and Ravi P Agarwal4

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1 Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Guelma University, Guelma, Algeria

2 Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey

3 Institute of Space Sciences, P.O. Box MG-23, Magurele-Bucharest, RO, 76900, Romania

4 Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, 78363, USA

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Boundary Value Problems 2012, 2012:78  doi:10.1186/1687-2770-2012-78

 Received: 11 May 2012 Accepted: 9 July 2012 Published: 24 July 2012

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Abstract

In this paper, Schauder fixed point theorem, Gelfand-Shilov principles combined with semigroup theory are used to prove the existence of mild and strong solutions for nonlinear fractional integrodifferential equations of Sobolev type with nonlocal conditions in Banach spaces. To illustrate our abstract results, an example is given.

MSC: 35A05, 34G20, 34K05, 26A33.

Keywords:
fractional evolution equation; nonlocal condition; Schauder’s fixed point theorem; uniformly continuous semigroup

1 Introduction

We are concerned with the nonlocal nonlinear fractional problem

(1.1)

(1.2)

where d α d t α , 0 < α 1 is the Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative, 0 t 1 < < t p a , c 1 , , c p are real numbers, B and A are linear closed operators with domains contained in a Banach space X and ranges contained in a Banach space Y, W ( t ) = ( B 1 ( t ) u ( t ) , , B r ( t ) u ( t ) ) , { B i ( t ) : i = 1 , , r , t I = [ 0 , a ] } is a family of linear closed operators defined on dense sets S 1 , , S r D ( A ) D ( B ) respectively in X into X, f : I × X r Y and g : Δ × X r Y are given abstract functions. Here Δ = { ( s , t ) : 0 s t a } .

Fractional differential equations have attracted many authors [1,6-8,21,24,25,30]. This is mostly because it efficiently describes many phenomena arising in engineering, physics, economics and science. In fact, we can find several applications in viscoelasticity, electrochemistry, electromagnetic, etc. For example, Machado [22] gave a novel method for the design of fractional order digital controllers.

Following Gelfand and Shilov [20], we define the fractional integral of order α > 0 as

I a α f ( t ) = 1 Γ ( α ) a t ( t s ) α 1 f ( s ) d s ,

also, the (Riemann-Liouville) fractional derivative of the function f of order 0 < α < 1 as

D t α a f ( t ) = 1 Γ ( 1 α ) d d t a t ( t s ) α f ( s ) d s ,

where f is an abstract continuous function on the interval [ a , b ] and Γ ( α ) is the Gamma function, see also [14,24].

The existence results to evolution equations with nonlocal conditions in a Banach space was studied first by Byszewski [9,10]; subsequently, many authors were pointed to the same field, see for instance [2-4,11-13,19,28].

Deng [15] indicated that using the nonlocal condition u ( 0 ) + h ( u ) = u 0 to describe, for instance, the diffusion phenomenon of a small amount of gas in a transparent tube can give a better result than using the usual local Cauchy problem u ( 0 ) = u 0 . Let us observe also that since Deng’s papers, the function h is considered

h ( u ) = k = 1 p c k u ( t k ) , (1.3)

where c k k = 1 , 2 , , p are given constants and 0 t 1 < < t p a .

However, among the previous research on nonlocal Cauchy problems, few authors have been concerned with mild solutions of fractional semilinear differential equations [23].

Recently, many authors have extended this work to various kinds of nonlinear evolution equations [2,3,5,11,12,18]. Balachandran and Uchiyama [3] proved the existence of mild and strong solutions of a nonlinear integrodifferential equation of Sobolev type with nonlocal condition.

In this paper, motivated by [3,13,17,19], we use Schauder fixed point theorem and the semigroup theory to investigate the existence and uniqueness of mild and strong solutions for nonlinear fractional integrodifferential equations of Sobolev type with nonlocal conditions in Banach spaces, the solutions were obtained by using Gelfand-Shilov approach in fractional calculus and are given in terms of some probability density functions such that their Laplace transforms are indicated [17].

Our paper is organized as follows. Section 2 is devoted to the review of some essential results. In Section 3, we state and prove our main results; the last section deals with giving an example to illustrate the abstract results.

2 Preliminary results

In this section, we mention some results obtained by Balachandran [3], El-Borai [19] and Pazy [26], which will be used to get our new results. Let X and Y be Banach spaces with norm | | and respectively. The operator B : D ( B ) X Y satisfies the following hypotheses: (H1) = B is bijective,; (H2) = B 1 : Y D ( B ) is compact.. The above fact and the closed graph theorem imply the boundedness of the linear operator A B 1 : Y Y . Further E = A B 1 generates a uniformly continuous semigroup Q ( t ) t 0 such that max t I Q ( t ) K Q ( t ) h D ( A ) E Q ( t ) h K t h for every h X and all t ( 0 , a ] , see [29].

Let λ = B 1 , c = k = 1 p | c k | and Λ τ = { ( u 1 , , u r ) : u i X , i = 1 r | u i | τ } .

It is supposed that (H3) = f and g are continuous in t on I, Δ respectively, and there exist constants M 1 , M 2 > 0 such that f ( t , W ) M 1 , g ( t , s , W ) M 2 for all t I , ( s , t ) Δ and W Λ τ ..

Definition 2.1 By a strong solution of the nonlocal Cauchy problem (1.1), (1.2), we mean a function u with values in X such that

(i) u is a continuous function in t I and u ( t ) D ( A ) ,

(ii) d α u d t α exists and is continuous on ( 0 , a ] , 0 < α < 1 , and u satisfies (1.1) on ( 0 , a ] and (1.2).

Remark 2.1 Let us take in the considered problem B is the identity, the inhomogeneous part is equal to an abstract continuous function f ( t ) , and the nonlocal condition is reduced to the initial condition u ( 0 ) = u 0 i.e.

(2.1)

(2.2)

According to El-Borai [17-19], we first apply the fractional integral on both sides of (2.1) and then using (2.2), we apply the Laplace transform on the new integral equations by considering a suitable one-sided stable probability density whose Laplace transform is given. Hence we can conclude that a solution of the problem (2.1)-(2.2) can be formally represented by

u ( t ) = 0 ζ α ( θ ) Q ( t α θ ) u 0 d θ + α 0 t 0 θ ( t s ) α 1 ζ α ( θ ) Q ( ( t s ) α θ ) f ( s ) d θ d s , (2.3)

where ζ α is a probability density function defined on ( 0 , ) such that its Laplace transform is given by

0 e θ x ζ α ( θ ) d θ = j = 0 ( x ) j Γ ( 1 + α j ) , 0 < α 1 , x > 0 .

For more details, we refer to Zhou et al.[27,31], see also [14,16].

Using Gelfand-Shilov principle [20], it is suitable to rewrite (1.1), (1.2) in the form

B u ( t ) = B u ( 0 ) + 1 Γ ( α ) 0 t ( t η ) α 1 × [ A u ( η ) + f ( η , W ( η ) ) + 0 η g ( η , s , W ( s ) ) d s ] d η , (2.4)

where Γ ( α ) is the Gamma function.

According to [17-19], the equation (2.4) is equivalent to the integral equation

B u ( t ) = Ψ ( t ) B u ( 0 ) + 0 t Φ ( t η ) [ f ( η , W ( η ) ) + 0 η g ( η , s , W ( s ) ) d s ] d η , t > 0 , (2.5)

where

Ψ ( t ) = 0 ζ α ( θ ) Q ( t α θ ) d θ , Φ ( t ) = α 0 θ t α 1 ζ α ( θ ) Q ( t α θ ) d θ .

It is assumed that there exists an operator ψ on D ( ψ ) = X given by the formula

ψ = [ I + k = 1 p c k B 1 Ψ ( t k ) B ] 1 ,

satisfying ψ u 0 D ( B ) and for k = 1 , , p

ψ 0 t k B 1 Φ ( t k η ) [ f ( η , W ( η ) ) + 0 η g ( η , s , W ( s ) ) d s ] d η D ( B ) ,

also (H4) = K λ B ψ u 0 [ λ 2 K 2 c a α B ψ + λ K a α ] ( M 1 + a M 2 ) τ .. Further we assume (H5) = There is a number γ ( 0 , 1 ) such that

B i ( t 2 ) Q ( t 1 ) h K 1 t 1 γ h ,

where t 1 ( 0 , a ] , t 2 I , h X and K 1 is a positive constant, i = 1 , , r .; (H6) = The functions B 1 ( t ) h , , B r ( t ) h are uniformly Hölder continuous in t I for every element h in i S i .. Suppose that { Q ( t ) } is a C 0 -semigroup of operators on X such that B 1 Q ( t k ) B C e δ t k , where δ is a positive constant and C 1 . Noting that 0 ζ α ( θ ) d θ = 1 (see [14], p.4]).

If k = 1 p | c k | e δ t k < 1 C , then k = 1 p c k B 1 ψ ( t k ) B < 1 , which achieves that ψ exists on X.

3 Main results

The following is different from [3,19,26] and represents the new result.

Lemma 3.1Ifuis a continuous solution of (2.5), thenusatisfies the integral equation

u ( t ) = B 1 Ψ ( t ) B ψ u 0 k = 1 p c k B 1 Ψ ( t ) B ψ × 0 t k B 1 Φ ( t k s ) [ f ( s , W ( s ) ) + 0 s g ( s , η , W ( η ) ) d η ] d s + 0 t B 1 Φ ( t s ) [ f ( s , W ( s ) ) + 0 s g ( s , η , W ( η ) ) d η ] d s . (3.1)

Proof Using (2.5) and (1.2), we get

k = 1 p c k B u ( t k ) = k = 1 p c k Ψ ( t k ) B u 0 k = 1 p c k Ψ ( t k ) B k = 1 p c k u ( t k ) + k = 1 p c k 0 t k Φ ( t k s ) [ f ( s , W ( s ) ) + 0 s g ( s , η , W ( η ) ) d η ] d s .

Then

k = 1 p c k u ( t k ) [ I + k = 1 p c k B 1 Ψ ( t k ) B ] = k = 1 p c k B 1 Ψ ( t k ) B u 0 + k = 1 p c k 0 t k B 1 Φ ( t k s ) × [ f ( s , W ( s ) ) + 0 s g ( s , η , W ( η ) ) d η ] d s .

Thus

Ψ ( t ) B u ( 0 ) = Ψ ( t ) [ B u 0 k = 1 p c k B u ( t k ) ] = Ψ ( t ) B u 0 Ψ ( t ) B ψ k = 1 p c k B 1 Ψ ( t k ) B u 0 Ψ ( t ) B ψ k = 1 p c k 0 t k B 1 Φ ( t k s ) [ f ( s , W ( s ) ) + 0 s g ( s , η , W ( η ) ) d η ] d s = Ψ ( t ) B ψ u 0 [ ψ 1 k = 1 p c k B 1 Ψ ( t k ) B ] Ψ ( t ) B ψ k = 1 p c k 0 t k B 1 Φ ( t k s ) [ f ( s , W ( s ) ) + 0 s g ( s , η , W ( η ) ) d η ] d s .

Hence the required result. □

Definition 3.1 A continuous solution of the integral equation (3.1) is called a mild solution of the nonlocal problem (1.1), (1.2) on I.

Theorem 3.2If the assumptions (H1)∼(H4) hold and W ( t ) = u ( t ) , then the problem (1.1), (1.2) has a mild solution onI.

Proof Let Z = C ( I , X ) and Z 0 = { u Z : u ( t ) Λ τ , t I } . It is easy to see that Z 0 is a bounded closed convex subset of Z. We define a mapping φ : Z 0 Z 0 by

( φ u ) ( t ) = B 1 Ψ ( t ) B ψ u 0 k = 1 p c k B 1 Ψ ( t ) B ψ 0 t k B 1 Φ ( t k s ) [ f ( s , W ( s ) ) + 0 s g ( s , η , W ( η ) ) d η ] d s + 0 t B 1 Φ ( t s ) [ f ( s , W ( s ) ) + 0 s g ( s , η , W ( η ) ) d η ] d s , t I .

Noting also that 0 θ ζ α ( θ ) d θ = 1 (see [14], p.4]), we have

( φ u ) ( t ) K λ B ψ u 0 + ( M 1 + a M 2 ) λ 2 K 2 c a α B ψ + ( M 1 + a M 2 ) λ K a α τ .

We deduce that φ is continuous and maps Z 0 into itself. Moreover, φ maps Z 0 into a precompact subset of Z 0 . Note that the set Z 0 ( t ) = { ( φ u ) ( t ) : u Z 0 } is precompact in X, for every fixed t I . We shall show that φ ( Z 0 ) = S = { φ u : u Z 0 } is an equicontinuous family of functions. For 0 < s < t , we have

( φ u ) ( t ) ( φ u ) ( s ) [ λ B ψ u 0 + c λ 2 K a α ( M 1 + a M 2 ) B ψ ] Ψ ( t ) Ψ ( s ) + λ ( M 1 + a M 2 ) s t Φ ( t η ) d η + λ ( M 1 + a M 2 ) 0 s Φ ( t η ) Φ ( s η ) d η .

The right-hand side of the above inequality is independent of u Z 0 and tends to zero as s t as a consequence of the continuity of Ψ ( t ) and Φ ( t ) in the uniform operator topology for t > 0 . It is clear that S is bounded in Z. Thus by Arzela-Ascoli’s theorem, S is precompact. Hence by the Schauder fixed point theorem, φ has a fixed point in Z 0 and any fixed point of φ is a mild solution of (1.1), (1.2) on I such that u ( t ) X for all t I . □

Theorem 3.3Assume that

(i) Conditions (H1)∼(H6) hold,

(ii) Yis a reflexive Banach space with norm ,

(iii) there are numbers L 1 , L 2 > 0 and p , q ( 0 , 1 ] such that

for all t 1 , t 2 I , ( s 1 , η ) , ( s 2 , η ) Δ and all W , W Λ τ , where w i = B i u and w i = B i u .

Then the problem (1.1), (1.2) has a unique strong solution onI.

Proof Applying Theorem 3.2, the problem (1.1), (1.2) has a mild solution u C ( I , Λ τ ) . Now, we shall show that u is a unique strong solution of the considered problem on I.

According to (H6), i = 1 r | w i w i | is uniformly Hölder continuous in t I for every element u in i S i combined with (iii), which implies that t f ( t , W ( t ) ) and t 0 t g ( t , s , W ( s ) ) d s are uniformly Hölder continuous on I.

Set

V ( t ) = f ( t , W ( t ) ) + 0 t g ( t , s , W ( s ) ) d s .

From (3.1), the solution u of the considered problem can be written in the form

u ( t ) = B 1 Ψ ( t ) B ψ u 0 B 1 Ψ ( t ) B ψ k = 1 p c k 0 t k B 1 Φ ( t k s ) V ( s ) d s + 0 t B 1 Φ ( t s ) V ( s ) d s .

Noting that Ψ and ψ are bounded, using our assumptions, we observe that there exists a unique function V C ( I , X ) which satisfies the equation

d α ( B u ( t ) ) d t α + A u ( t ) = V ( t ) .

Also as in [19], p.409], we deduce that

0 t B 1 Φ ( t s ) V ( s ) d s D ( E )

for all t I and ψ u 0 D ( E ) . It follows that u ( t ) D ( E ) for all t I . □

4 Example

Consider the nonlinear integro-partial differential equation of fractional order

(4.1)

with nonlocal condition

u ( x , 0 ) + k = 1 p c k u ( x , t k ) = g ( x ) , (4.2)

where 0 < α 1 , 0 t 1 < < t p a , x R n , D x q = D x 1 q 1 D x n q n , D x i = x i , q = ( q 1 , , q n ) is an n-dimensional multi-index, | q | = q 1 + + q n , W = ( w 1 , , w r ) ,

w i ( x , t ) = | q | 2 m 1 b q i ( x , t ) D x q u ( x , t ) + Ω | q | 2 m 1 c q i ( x , t ) D y q u ( y , t ) d y ,

and Ω is an open subset of R n . Let L 2 ( R n ) be the set of all square integrable functions on R n . We denote by C m ( R n ) the set of all continuous real-valued functions defined on R n which have continuous partial derivatives of order less than or equal to m. By C 0 m ( R n ) we denote the set of all functions f C m ( R n ) with compact supports. Let H m ( R n ) be the completion of C 0 m ( R n ) with respect to the norm

f m 2 = | q | m R n | D x q f ( x ) | 2 d x .

It is supposed that

(i) The operator E = | q | = 2 m e q ( x ) D x q is uniformly elliptic on R n . In other words, all the coefficients e q , | q | = 2 m are continuous and bounded on R n , and there is a positive number c such that

( 1 ) m + 1 | q | = 2 m e q ( x ) ξ q c | ξ | 2 m ,

for all x R n and all ξ 0 , ξ R n , where e q = a q b q 1 , ξ q = ξ 1 q 1 ξ n q n and | ξ | 2 = ξ 1 2 + + ξ n 2 .

(ii) All the coefficients e q | q | = 2 m , satisfy a uniform Hölder condition on R n . Under these conditions, the operator E with the domain of definition D ( E ) = H 2 m ( R n ) generates an analytic semigroup Q ( t ) defined on L 2 ( R n ) , and it is well known that H 2 m ( R n ) is dense in Y = L 2 ( R n ) , see [17], p.438].

Lemma 4.1The solution representation of (4.1), (4.2) can be written explicitly.

Proof Let { E q ( x ) : | q | 2 m } be a family of deterministic square matrices of order k and let L ( x , D ) = { E q ( x ) : | q | = 2 m } . We assume that

det { ( 1 ) m L ( x , σ ) λ I } = 0

has roots which satisfy the inequality Re λ < δ , δ > 0 for all x R n and for any real vector σ, σ 1 2 + + σ n 2 = 1 . If Θ is a matrix of order m × n , then we introduce | Θ | = i , j | b i j | .

It is well known that there exists a fundamental matrix solution Z ( x , y , t ) which satisfies the system

This fundamental matrix also satisfies the inequality

| D x q Z ( x , y , t ) | K 1 t ρ 1 exp ( K 2 ρ 2 ) ,

where | q | 2 m ρ 1 = n + | q | 2 m ρ 2 = i = 1 n | x i y i | λ t 1 2 m 1 λ = 2 m 2 m 1 and K 1 K 2 are positive constants. From [13], p.58], if the nonlocal function g ( x ) is an element in Hilbert space H 2 m ( R n ) , then we can write

Q ( t ) g ( x ) = R n Z ( x y , t ) g ( y ) d y .

It can be proved that

D x q Q ( t ) g M t β g ,

where 0 < β < 1 M is a positive constant, | q | 2 m 1 t > 0 and g 2 = R n g 2 ( x ) d x .

([17]) The nonlocal Cauchy problems (4.1), (4.2) are equivalent to the integral equation

u ( x , t ) = 0 R n ζ α ( θ ) Q ( x ξ , t α θ ) u ( ξ , 0 ) d ξ d θ + α 0 t 0 R n θ ( t η ) α 1 ζ α ( θ ) Q ( x ξ , ( t η ) α θ ) × [ F ( ξ , η , W ) + 0 η G ( ξ , η , s , W ( s ) ) d s ] d ξ d θ d η ,

where the explicit form of Q is given by

Q ( x , t ) = e | x | 2 / 4 t ( 4 π t ) n ,

| x | 2 = x 1 2 + x 2 2 + + x n 2 . Applying Theorem 3.2, we achieve the proof of the existence of mild solutions of the problems (4.1), (4.2). In addition, if the operators F and G satisfy the following:

(iii) There are numbers L 1 , L 2 0 and 0 < p , q 1 such that

| q | 2 m 1 R n | F ( x , t , D x q W ) F ( x , s , D x q W ) | 2 d x L 1 ( | t s | p + i = 1 r | w i w i | 2 d x )

and

| q | 2 m 1 R n | G ( x , t , η , D x q W ) G ( x , s , η , D x q W ) | 2 d x L 2 | t s | q

for all t , s I , ( t , η ) , ( s , η ) Δ , W , W Λ τ and all x R n . Then applying Theorem 3.3, we deduce that (4.1), (4.2) has a unique strong solution. □

5 Conclusion

In this article, a new solution representation for Sobolev type fractional evolution equation has been proved using Deng’s nonlocal condition, a suitable explicit form of the semigroup has been discussed. Moreover, the existence result of mild solutions for nonlinear fractional integrodifferential equations of Sobolev type with nonlocal conditions in Banach spaces has been established by using Arzela-Ascoli’s theorem and Schauder fixed point theorem. Further, the uniformly Hölder continuous condition has been applied for the existence of strong solution.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

AD wrote the first draft, DB corrected and improved it and RPA prepared the final version. All authors read and approved the final draft.

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the referees for their valuable comments and remarks.

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