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Solutions to Time-Fractional Diffusion-Wave Equation in Cylindrical Coordinates
© Y. Z. Povstenko. 2011
- Received: 8 December 2010
- Accepted: 6 February 2011
- Published: 28 February 2011
Nonaxisymmetric solutions to time-fractional diffusion-wave equation with a source term in cylindrical coordinates are obtained for an infinite medium. The solutions are found using the Laplace transform with respect to time , the Hankel transform with respect to the radial coordinate , the finite Fourier transform with respect to the angular coordinate , and the exponential Fourier transform with respect to the spatial coordinate . Numerical results are illustrated graphically.
- Cauchy Problem
- Fundamental Solution
- Integrodifferential Equation
- Percolation Cluster
- Angular Coordinate
is a mathematical model of important physical phenomena ranging from amorphous, colloid, glassy, and porous materials through fractals, percolation clusters, random, and disordered media to comb structures, dielectrics and semiconductors, polymers, and biological systems (see [1–10] and references therein).
The fundamental solution for the fractional diffusion-wave equation in one space-dimension was obtained by Mainardi . Wyss  obtained the solutions to the Cauchy problem in terms of -functions using the Mellin transform. Schneider and Wyss  converted the diffusion-wave equation with appropriate initial conditions into the integrodifferential equation and found the corresponding Green functions in terms of Fox functions. Fujita  treated integrodifferential equation which interpolates the diffusion equation and the wave equation. Hanyga  studied Green functions and propagator functions in one, two, and three dimensions.
Previously, in studies concerning time-fractional diffusion-wave equation in cylindrical coordinates, only one or two spatial coordinates have been considered [16–27]. In this paper, we investigate solutions to (1.1) in an infinite medium in cylindrical coordinates in the case of three spatial coordinates , , and .
where is the transform variable.
Now, we investigate the fundamental solutions , , and .
The two-dimensional Dirac delta function after passing to the polar coordinates takes the form , but for the sake of simplicity, we have omitted the multiplier in the solution (2.5) as well as in (3.2). In the initial condition (3.2), we have introduced the constant multiplier to obtain the nondimensional quantity (see (3.10)).
where is the Bessel function of the first kind of order , the asterisk indicates the transforms, is the Laplace transform variable, is the Hankel transform variable, is exponential Fourier transform variable, and the integer is finite Fourier transform variable.
The fundamental solution (3.8) was considered in  for .
It is evident that (3.7) is the particular case of (4.4) corresponding to .
The solutions to the Cauchy and source problems for time-fractional diffusion-wave equation have been found in cylindrical coordinates. The considered equation in the case interpolates the Helmholtz and diffusion equation. In the case , the time-fractional diffusion-wave equation interpolates the standard diffusion equation and the classical wave equation.
For , the solutions to the fractional diffusion-wave equation feature propagating humps, underlining the proximity to the standard wave equation in contrast to the shape of curves describing the subdiffusion regime ( ).
Such asymptotic results in singularities of the solution to the first and the second Cauchy problems at the point of application of the delta pulse, whereas the solution to the source problem does not have singularity. Dependence of the solution on the angular coordinate at some distance from the point of the delta pulse application ( in Figures 3 and 7) features only humps with no singularity.
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