Numerical analysis of the time variable fractional order mobile-immobile advection-dispersion model

Zhang, H., Liu, F., Phanikumar, M.S., & Meerschaert, M.M. (2012) Numerical analysis of the time variable fractional order mobile-immobile advection-dispersion model. In Chen, Wen, Sun, HongGuang, & Baleanu, Dumitru (Eds.) Proceedings of the 5th Symposium on Fractional Differentiation and Its Applications, Hohai University, Hohai University, Nanjing.

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Many physical processes exhibit fractional order behavior that varies with time or space. The continuum of order in the fractional calculus allows the order of the fractional operator to be considered as a variable. In this paper, we consider the time variable fractional order mobile-immobile advection-dispersion model. Numerical methods and analyses of stability and convergence for the fractional partial differential equations are quite limited and difficult to derive. This motivates us to develop efficient numerical methods as well as stability and convergence of the implicit numerical methods for the fractional order mobile immobile advection-dispersion model. In the paper, we use the Coimbra variable time fractional derivative which is more efficient from the numerical standpoint and is preferable for modeling dynamical systems. An implicit Euler approximation for the equation is proposed and then the stability of the approximation are investigated. As for the convergence of the numerical scheme we only consider a special case, i.e. the time fractional derivative is independent of time variable t. The case where the time fractional derivative depends both the time variable t and the space variable x will be considered in the future work. Finally, numerical examples are provided to show that the implicit Euler approximation is computationally efficient.

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ID Code: 51484
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Coimbra variable fractional order derivative, mobile-immobile advection-dispersion equation, implicit finite difference method, stability and convergence
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 Jul 2012 23:14
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 14:54

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