Skip to content


  • Research
  • Open Access

Boundary value problem for nonlinear fractional differential equations with delay

  • 1Email author,
  • 1,
  • 2 and
  • 1
Advances in Difference Equations20172017:24

  • Received: 12 November 2016
  • Accepted: 14 January 2017
  • Published:


We discuss the existence and uniqueness of a solution of a boundary value problem for a class of nonlinear fractional functional differential equations with delay involving Caputo fractional derivative. Our work relies on the Schauder fixed point theorem and contraction mapping principle in a cone. We also include examples to show the applicability of our results.


  • fractional functional differential equation
  • boundary value problem
  • existence and uniqueness of solutions


  • 34K37
  • 34B15

1 Introduction

Fractional calculus is an emerging field in applied mathematics that deals with derivatives and integrals of arbitrary orders and their applications. The original research started on this topic at the end of the seventeenth century. Fractional calculus helps us describing natural phenomena and mathematical models more accurately. Therefore, fractional differential equations are becoming more famous, and the theory and its applications have been greatly improved. For details, we refer to [15].

The existence and uniqueness of solutions to boundary value problems for fractional differential equations have gained these days interest of many authors. For details, we also refer to [6, 7], where the authors discuss existence results for coupled systems and uniqueness for nth-order differential equations, respectively. Recently, much research has been done on boundary value problems of fractional ordinary differential equations [813] and initial value problems of fractional functional differential equations [1419].

Naturally, the phenomenon of time-delay is so common and certain. Many changes and processes not only depend on the present status but also on the past status. However, the research on fractional functional differential equations with delay is relatively sparse [2026]. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the time-delay effect in the mathematical modeling of fractional differential equations. However, there are relatively exiguous results dealing with boundary value problems of fractional functional differential equations with time delays. Mostly, researchers consider the case of implicit functions, so by keeping this in mind we consider neutral functions where the nonlinear function f not only depends on \(x_{t}\) but also depends on the fractional derivative \(D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t} \) of the delayed term of the unknown function. Wherefore, in this paper, our aim is to study the existence and uniqueness of a solution of the following boundary value problem for a fractional differential equation:
$$ \left \{ \textstyle\begin{array}{l} {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\gamma}x(t)=f(t,x_{t},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t}),\quad 0< t< 1, \\ ax(t)+bx'(t)=\zeta(t), \quad -\tau\leq t\leq0, \\ cx(t)-dx'(t)=\eta(t),\quad 1\leq t\leq1+\alpha, \end{array}\displaystyle \right . $$
with \(1<\gamma<2\) and \(0<\delta<1\), \(\zeta(0)=\eta(1)=0\), and \(a,b,c,d \in\mathbb{R}\), where a, b and c, d are not simultaneously zero and such that \(bc+ad-ac\neq0\). For \(0<\tau<1\), we denote by \(C_{\tau}\) the Banach space of all continuous functions \(\phi:[-\tau,\alpha]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}\) endowed with the supremum norm \(\|\phi\|= \sup\{|\phi (s)|;-\tau\leq s \leq\alpha\}\). If \(X:[-\tau,1]\rightarrow\mathbb {R}\), then, for any \(t \in[0,1]\), we define \(x_{t}\) by \(x_{t}(\theta )=x(t+\theta)\) for \(\theta\in[-\tau,0]\), where \(\tau,\alpha\geq0\) are constants satisfying \(0\leq\tau+\alpha<1\), and
$$C_{\tau}^{+}(0)=\bigl\{ \phi\in C_{\tau}|\phi(\theta)\geq0,\theta \in[-\tau ,0],\phi(0)=0,{}^{\mathrm{c}}D^{\delta}\phi(s)=0\bigr\} . $$
In addition, our work is inspired by three systems [11, 22, 27]. Li et al. [22] studied the existence of a solution of the following fractional differential equation involving the Caputo fractional derivative:
$$ \left \{ \textstyle\begin{array}{l} {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\alpha}u(t)=f(t,u_{t},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\beta}u(t)),\quad 0< t< 1, \\ u'(0)=0,\qquad u'(1)=\lambda u'(\eta), \end{array}\displaystyle \right . $$
where \({}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\alpha}\) and \({}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\beta}\) are the Caputo fractional derivatives with \(2<\alpha<3\), \(0<\beta<1\), \(\eta\in (0,1)\), and \(1<\lambda< \frac{1}{2\eta}\).
Rehman et al. [11] studied the existence and uniqueness of a solution to a nonlinear three-point boundary value problem for the following fractional differential equation:
$$ \left \{ \textstyle\begin{array}{l} {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}u(t)=f(t,u(t),{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\sigma}u(t)),\quad 0\leq t \leq1, \\ u(0)=\alpha u(\eta),\qquad u(1)=\beta u(\eta), \end{array}\displaystyle \right . $$
where \(1<\delta<2\), \(0<\sigma<1\), \(\alpha, \beta\in\mathbb{R}\), \(\alpha \eta(1-\beta)+(1-\alpha)(1-\beta\eta)\neq0\), and \(D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}\) and \(D_{0^{+}}^{\sigma}\) denote the Caputo fractional derivatives. By the Banach contraction principle and Schauder fixed point theorem they obtained some new results on the existence and uniqueness.
Zhao and Wang [27] studied the existence and uniqueness of a solution to the integral boundary value problem for the nonlinear fractional differential equation
$$ \left \{ \textstyle\begin{array}{l} {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\alpha}u(t)+f(t,u_{t},u'(t),{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\beta}u(t))=0,\quad t\in J= (0,1 ], \\ u(0)-\gamma_{1}u(\lambda)=\delta_{1} \int_{0}^{\eta}u(s)\,ds, \\ u(1)-\gamma_{2}u(\lambda)=\delta_{2} \int_{0}^{\eta}u(s)\,ds,\qquad u''(0)=0 \end{array}\displaystyle \right . $$
where \(0<\eta<1\), \(\gamma_{1}\), \(\gamma_{2}\), \(\lambda_{1}\), \(\lambda_{2}\) are nonnegative constants, and \({}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\alpha}\) and \({}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\beta}\) are the Caputo fractional derivatives of orders \(2<\alpha<3\) and \(0<\beta<1\). By the Banach contraction principle and Leray-Schauder-type theorems they have found out the existence of such type of functions.

To the best of our knowledge, it looks like nobody considered BVP (1). Therefore, we will find out the existence and uniqueness of a solution of the nonlinear BVP (1) under some further conditions. We consider the effect of time delays of both terms \(x_{t}\) and \(D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t} \), which was not considered in the literature [11, 22, 27]. Therefore, our study improves and extends the previous results in the relevant literature [11, 22, 27].

The paper is arranged as follows. In Section 2, we review some basic definitions and lemmas. Section 3 is devoted to the Green function and to the existence and uniqueness of the defined problem. In Section 4, we explain the existence and uniqueness of solutions using some examples.

2 Preliminaries

This part includes some basic definitions and results.

Definition 2.1

The gamma function is defined as
$$ \varGamma (\gamma)= \int_{0}^{\infty} e^{-t} t^{\gamma-1} \,dt, \quad \gamma>0. $$

One of the basic properties of the gamma function is that it satisfies the functional equation \(\varGamma (\gamma+1)=\gamma \varGamma (\gamma)\).

Definition 2.2

The fractional integral for a function f with lower limit \(t_{0}\) and order γ can be defined as
$$ I_{t_{0}^{+}}^{\gamma}f(t)=\frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{t_{0}^{+}}^{t} \frac{f(s)}{(t-s)^{1-\gamma}} \,ds, \quad \gamma>0, t>t_{0}, $$
where the right-hand side of the equality is defined pointwise on \(\mathbb{R}^{+}\).

Definition 2.3

The Caputo fractional derivative for a function \(f:(t_{0},+\infty )\rightarrow\mathbb{R}\) of order γ (\(n-1<\gamma<n\)) is given by
$$ {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{t_{0}^{+}}^{\gamma}f(t)=I_{t_{0}^{+}}^{n-\gamma} \frac {d^{n}}{dt^{n}}f(t)=\frac{1}{\varGamma (n-\gamma)} \int_{t_{0}^{+}}^{t} \frac{f^{(n)}(s)}{(t-s)^{\gamma+1-n}} \,ds,\quad t>t_{0}, $$
where \(n=[\gamma]+1\) (\([\gamma]\) stands for the bracket function of γ).

Definition 2.4


Let X be a real Banach space. A subset K of X is called a cone if the following are true:
  1. (i)

    K is nonempty closed, and \(\{\theta,e\}\subset X \) (where θ is null, and e is the multiplicative identity of the Banach space X);

  2. (ii)

    \(aK+bK \subset K\) for any nonnegative a, b;

  3. (iii)

    \(K^{2}=KK\subset K\); and

  4. (iv)

    \((K) \cap(-K) =\{\theta\}\).


Lemma 2.1


Let \(\gamma>0\). Then
$$I_{t_{0}^{+}}^{\gamma} {{}^{\mathrm{c}}} {D}_{t_{0}^{+}}^{\gamma} f(t)=f(t)+c_{0}+c_{1}t+c_{2}t^{2}+ \cdots+c_{n-1}t^{n-1} $$
for some \(c_{i}\in\mathbb{R}\), \(i=0,1,2,\ldots,n-1\), where \(n=[\gamma]+1\).

Lemma 2.2

Leray-Schauder fixed point theorem [30]

Let B be a nonempty, bounded, closed, and convex subset of a Banach space X, and let \(P:B\rightarrow B\) be a compact and continuous map. Then P has a fixed point in B.

Lemma 2.3

The contraction mapping principle [30]

Let T be a contraction on a Banach space X. Then T has a unique fixed point in X, that is, there is a unique solution \(x\in X\) to the equation
$$T(x)=x. $$

3 Main results

In this part, we find the Green function for the given BVP (1) and then discuss the existence and uniqueness of a solution by using the Schauder fixed point theorem and the Banach contraction principle.

Consider the system
$$ {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\gamma}x(t)=u(t), \quad 0< t< 1, $$
with boundary conditions
$$ \left \{ \textstyle\begin{array}{l} ax(t)+bx'(t)=\zeta(t), \\ cx(t)-dx'(t)=\eta(t), \\ \zeta(0)=\eta(1)=0, \end{array}\displaystyle \right . $$
where \(1<\gamma<2\), and \(u:[0,1]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}\) is a differentiable function. Then we have the following:

Lemma 3.1

A function x is a solution of equation (2) with boundary conditions (3) if and only if it has the form \(x(t)=\int_{0}^{1} G(t,s)u(s)\,ds\), where
$$ G(t,s)=\left \{ \textstyle\begin{array}{l@{\quad}l} \frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma)}(t-s)^{\gamma-1}+(\frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac}) [\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds \\ \quad {}-\frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)}\int_{0}^{1} (1-s)^{\gamma-2}u(s)\,ds ],& 0\leq s \leq t \leq1, \\ (\frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac}) [\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)}\int_{0}^{1} (1-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds \\ \quad {}-\frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)}\int_{0}^{1} (1-s)^{\gamma-2}u(s)\,ds ],& 0\leq t \leq s \leq1. \end{array}\displaystyle \right . $$


Applying \(I_{{0}^{+}}^{\gamma}\) to both sides of equation (2) and using Lemma (2.1), we have
$$ x(t)=I_{0^{+}}^{\gamma} u(t)+c_{1}+c_{2}t. $$
Differentiating both sides w.r.t. t, we get
$$ x'(t)=I_{0^{+}}^{\gamma-1} u(t)+c_{2}. $$
Using boundary conditions (3), we get \(c_{1}=\frac {-b}{a}c_{2}\), so \(cx(1)-dx'(1)=0\) implies that
$$\begin{aligned}& cI_{0^{+}}^{\gamma} u(1)+cc_{1}+cc_{2}-dI_{0^{+}}^{\gamma-1}u(1)-dc_{2}=0, \\& \frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds-c \frac {b}{a}c_{2}+cc_{2}- \frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}u(s) \,ds-dc_{2}=0, \\& c_{2}= \biggl(\frac{a}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr) \biggl[\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int _{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds- \frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}u(s)\,ds \biggr]. \end{aligned}$$
$$ c_{1}= \biggl(\frac{-b}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr) \biggl[\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int _{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds- \frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}u(s)\,ds \biggr]. $$
$$\begin{aligned} x(t) =&\frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds+ \biggl( \frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr) \biggl[\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds \\ &{}-\frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}u(s)\,ds \biggr] \\ =&\frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds+ \biggl( \frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr) \biggl[\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{t}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds \\ &{}-\frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{0}^{t}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}u(s)\,ds \biggr]+ \biggl(\frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr) \biggl[\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{t}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}u(s)\,ds \\ &{}-\frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{t}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}u(s)\,ds \biggr] \\ =& \int_{0}^{1} G(t,s)u(s)\,ds. \end{aligned}$$
Here we can easily prove that the integral is also Caputo differentiable. Since
$$\int_{0}^{1} G(t,s)u(s)\,ds=I_{0^{+}}^{\gamma-1}u(t)+c_{1}+c_{2}t, $$
where \(c_{1}\) and \(c_{2}\) are constants, \(c_{1}+c_{2}t\) is Caputo differentiable, and \(I_{0^{+}}^{\gamma-1}u(t)\) is also Caputo differentiable, the integral is Caputo differentiable. □
For convenience, we define
$$X=\bigl\{ x|x\in C[-\tau,1], {}^{\mathrm{c}}D^{\delta}x\in C[-\tau,1], 0< \delta< 1\bigr\} . $$
The space X equipped with the norm
$$ \|x\|_{I}= \max_{t\in I}\bigl\vert x(t)\bigr\vert + \max_{t\in I}\bigl\vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D^{\delta}x(t) \bigr\vert ,\quad \text{where } I=(0,1), $$
is a Banach space. For \(x_{0}=\phi\), by the definition of \(x_{t}\) it follows that
$$\begin{aligned}& x_{t} = x(t+\theta), \\& x_{0} = x(\theta)=\phi(\theta)\quad \text{for } \theta\in[-\tau,0]. \end{aligned}$$
Thus, we have
$$ x(t) = \phi(t) \quad \text{for } t\in[-\tau,0]. $$
Since \(f:[0,1]\times C_{\tau}\times C_{\tau}\rightarrow\mathbb{R} \) is a continuous function, from Lemma (3.1) we obtain that x is a solution of BVP (1) if and only if it satisfies
$$ x(t)=\left \{ \textstyle\begin{array}{l@{\quad}l} \int_{0}^{1}G(t,s)f(s,x_{s},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D^{\delta}x_{s})\,ds, & t\in (0,1), \\ \phi(t), & t\in[-\tau,0]. \end{array}\displaystyle \right . $$
We define the operator \(T:X\rightarrow X\) by
$$ Tx(t)=\left \{ \textstyle\begin{array}{l@{\quad}l} \int_{0}^{1}G(t,s)f(s,x_{s},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D^{\delta}x_{s})\,ds, & t\in (0,1), \\ \phi(t), & t\in[-\tau,0]. \end{array}\displaystyle \right . $$
Define the constants
$$\begin{aligned}& M = \max_{0\leq t\leq1} \biggl( \int_{0}^{1}\bigl\vert G(t,s)m(s)\bigr\vert \,ds \biggr),\quad \text{where } m \in L[0,1], \\& M^{*} = \max_{0\leq t\leq1} \biggl( \int_{0}^{1}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial }{\partial t}G(t,s)m(s) \biggr\vert \,ds \biggr),\quad \text{where } m \in L[0,1], \\& N = \frac{ad-d(a-b)\gamma}{bc+ad-ac}+\frac{ac+c(b-a)\gamma }{(bc+ad-ac)\varGamma (2-\delta)}. \end{aligned}$$

Theorem 3.1

Suppose that any one of the following is satisfied:
  1. (C1)
    there exists a nonnegative function \(m\in L[0,1]\) such that
    $$\bigl\vert f\bigl(t,x_{t},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t} \bigr)\bigr\vert \leq m(t)+j\Vert x_{t}\Vert ^{\psi _{1}}+k \bigl\Vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t}\bigr\Vert ^{\psi_{2}} $$
    for \(j,k\in\mathbb{R^{+}}\) and \(0<\psi_{1}, \psi_{2}<1\), or
  2. (C2)
    there exists a nonnegative function \(m\in L[0,1]\) such that
    $$\bigl\vert f\bigl(t,x_{t},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t} \bigr)\bigr\vert \leq m(t)+j\Vert x_{t}\Vert ^{\psi _{1}}+k \bigl\Vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t}\bigr\Vert ^{\psi_{2}} $$
    for \(j,k\in\mathbb{R^{+}}\) and \(\psi_{1}, \psi_{2}>1\).
Then BVP (1) has a solution.


Assume that (C1) holds and take
$$ v\geq\max \biggl\{ 3\biggl(M+\frac{M^{*}}{\varGamma (2-\delta)} \biggr),(3jN)^{\frac {1}{1-\psi_{1}}}, (3kN)^{\frac{1}{1-\psi_{2}}} \biggr\} . $$
Let \(K:=\{x\in X:\|x_{s}\|\leq v,\|{}^{\mathrm{c}}D^{\delta} x_{s}\|\leq v, v>0, s\in(-\tau,\alpha)\}\). Then by definition (2.4) we can easily prove that K is a cone. For any \(x \in X\), we obtain
$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} \bigl\vert Tx(t)\bigr\vert &=\biggl\vert \int_{0}^{1}G(t,s)f\bigl(s,x_{s},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{s} \bigr)\,ds\biggr\vert \\ &\leq \int_{0}^{1}\bigl\vert G(t,s)\bigr\vert \bigl\vert f\bigl(s,x_{s},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{s} \bigr)\bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\leq \int_{0}^{1}\bigl\vert G(t,s)\bigr\vert \bigl(m(s)+j\Vert x_{s}\Vert ^{\psi _{1}}+k\bigl\Vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{s}\bigr\Vert ^{\psi_{2}}\bigr)\,ds \\ &\leq \int_{0}^{1}\bigl\vert G(t,s)m(s)\bigr\vert \,ds+ \int_{0}^{1}\bigl(j\Vert x_{s}\Vert ^{\psi _{1}}+k\bigl\Vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{s} \bigr\Vert ^{\psi_{2}}\bigr)G(t,s)\,ds. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$
Since f is continuous on \((0,1)\), by the mean value theorem there exists v such that
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert Tx(t)\bigr\vert \leq& M+j\|v\|^{\psi_{1}}+k\|v \|^{\psi_{2}} \biggl[\frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds+\biggl(\frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac}\biggr) \\ &{}\times\biggl\{ \frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds - \frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int _{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}\,ds\biggr\} \biggr] \\ \leq&M+\frac{j\|v\|^{\psi_{1}}+k\|v\|^{\psi_{2}}}{\varGamma (\gamma )} \biggl[\frac{t^{\gamma}}{\gamma}+ \frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac}\biggl( \frac{c}{\gamma}-d\biggr) \biggr]. \end{aligned}$$
$$ \bigl\vert Tx(t)\bigr\vert \leq M+\frac{j\|v\|^{\psi_{1}}+k\|v\|^{\psi_{2}}}{\varGamma (\gamma +1)} \biggl[ \frac{ad(1-\gamma)+\gamma bd}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr]. $$
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl| Tx'(t)\bigr| \leq& \int_{0}^{1}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial}{\partial t} G(t,s) \biggr\vert \bigl\vert f\bigl(s,x_{s},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{s} \bigr)\bigr\vert \,ds \\ \leq& \int_{0}^{1}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial}{\partial t}G(t,s) \biggr\vert \bigl(m(s)+j\|x_{s}\|^{\psi_{1}}+k \bigl\| {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta }x_{s}\bigr\| ^{\psi_{2}} \bigr)\,ds \\ \leq& \int_{0}^{1}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial}{\partial t}G(t,s)m(s) \biggr\vert \,ds+\bigl(j\|v\|^{\psi_{1}}+k\|v\|^{\psi_{2}}\bigr) \biggl[ \frac {1}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{\gamma-2}\,ds \\ &{}+\biggl(\frac{a}{bc+ad-ac}\biggr)\biggl\{ \frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds - \frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int _{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}\,ds\biggr\} \biggr] \\ \leq&M^{*}+\frac{j\|v\|^{\psi_{1}}+k\|v\|^{\psi_{2}}}{\varGamma (\gamma )} \biggl[t^{\gamma-1}+ \frac{a}{bc+ad-ac}\biggl(\frac{c}{\gamma}-d\biggr) \biggr]. \end{aligned}$$
$$ \bigl\vert Tx'(t)\bigr\vert \leq M^{*}+\frac{j\|v\|^{\psi_{1}}+k\|v\|^{\psi_{2}}}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[\frac{bc\gamma+ac(1-\gamma) }{bc+ad-ac} \biggr]. $$
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}Tx(t)\bigr\vert \leq&\frac{1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \int _{0}^{t}(t-s)^{-\delta} \bigl\vert Tx'(s)\bigr\vert \,ds \\ \leq& \frac{1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)}\frac{t^{1-\delta}}{1-\delta} \biggl[M^{*}+ \frac{j\|v\|^{\psi_{1}}+k\|v\|^{\psi_{2}}}{\varGamma (\gamma +1)} \biggl(\frac{bc\gamma+ac(1-\gamma) }{bc+ad-ac} \biggr) \biggr] \\ \leq&\frac{M^{*}}{\varGamma (2-\delta)}+\frac{j\|v\|^{\psi _{1}}+k\|v\|^{\psi_{2}}}{{\varGamma (\gamma+1)}{\varGamma (2-\delta)}} \biggl(\frac{bc\gamma+ac(1-\gamma) }{bc+ad-ac} \biggr). \end{aligned}$$
So by equation (5) we have
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\Vert Tx(t)\bigr\Vert \leq& M+\frac{j\Vert v\Vert ^{\psi_{1}}+k\Vert v\Vert ^{\psi_{2}}}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[ \frac{ad(1-\gamma)+\gamma bd}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr]+\frac {M^{*}}{\varGamma (2-\delta)} \\ &{}+\frac{j\Vert v\Vert ^{\psi_{1}}+k\Vert v\Vert ^{\psi_{2}}}{{\varGamma (\gamma+1)}{\varGamma (2-\delta)}} \biggl(\frac{bc\gamma+ac(1-\gamma) }{bc+ad-ac} \biggr) \\ \leq&M+\frac{M^{*}}{\varGamma (2-\delta)}+\frac{j\Vert v\Vert ^{\psi_{1}} +k\Vert v\Vert ^{\psi_{2}}}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[\frac{ad-d(a-b)\gamma }{bc+ad-ac} \\ &{}+\frac{ac+c(b-a)\gamma}{{bc+ad-ac}{\varGamma (2-\delta)}} \biggr] \\ \leq& \frac{v}{3}+\bigl(j\Vert v\Vert ^{\psi_{1}}+k\Vert v \Vert ^{\psi_{2}}\bigr)N \\ \leq& \frac{v}{3}+\frac{v}{3}+\frac{v}{3} \leq v. \end{aligned}$$
Thus, \(T:K\rightarrow K\). Hence, T is continuous since f and G are continuous. Now if (C2) holds, then we choose
$$ v\leq\min \biggl\{ 3\biggl(M+\frac{M^{*}}{\varGamma (2-\delta)} \biggr),(3jN)^{\frac {1}{1-\psi_{1}}}, (3kN)^{\frac{1}{1-\psi_{2}}} \biggr\} , $$
and by the same process as before we obtain \(\|Tx(t)\|\leq v\), which implies that \(T:K\rightarrow K\).

Now we will prove that T is a completely continuous operator.

Let \(P:= \max_{0\leq t\leq1}|f(t,x_{t},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta }x_{t})|+1\). Then, for any \(x\in X\) and \(t_{1},t_{2} \in[-\tau,1]\) with \(t_{1}< t_{2}\), by Lemma(3.1), for \(0\leq t_{1} \leq t_{2} \leq1\), we have
$$\begin{aligned}& \bigl\vert Tx(t_{2})-Tx(t_{1})\bigr\vert \\& \quad \leq \int_{0}^{t_{1}} \bigl\vert G(t_{2},s)-G(t_{1},s) \bigr\vert P\,ds+ \int _{t_{2}}^{1} \bigl\vert G(t_{2},s)-G(t_{1},s) \bigr\vert P\,ds \\& \qquad {}+ \int_{t_{1}}^{t_{2}} \bigl\vert G(t_{2},s)-G(t_{1},s) \bigr\vert P\,ds \\& \quad \leq P\biggl\vert \frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \biggl( \int _{0}^{t_{1}}(t_{1}-s)^{\gamma-1} \,ds- \int_{0}^{t_{2}} (t_{2}-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds \biggr) \\& \qquad {}+\frac{a(t_{2}-t_{1})}{bc+ad-ac} \biggl(\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds - \frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int _{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}\,ds \biggr)\biggr\vert \\& \quad \leq \frac{P}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[\bigl(t_{2}^{\gamma}-t_{1}^{\gamma } \bigr)+\frac{a(t_{2}-t_{1})(c-d\gamma)}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr] \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}& \bigl\vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}Tx(t_{2})-{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}Tx(t_{1}) \bigr\vert \\& \quad = \frac {1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \biggl\vert \int_{0}^{t_{2}}(t_{2}-s)^{-\delta}Tx'(s) \,ds- \int _{0}^{t_{1}}(t_{1}-s)^{-\delta}Tx'(s) \,ds\biggr\vert \\& \quad \leq \frac{1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \biggl\vert \int_{0}^{t_{2}}(t_{2}-s)^{-\delta}Tx'(s) \,ds- \int _{0}^{t_{1}}(t_{2}-s)^{-\delta}Tx'(s) \,ds\biggr\vert \\& \qquad {}+\frac{1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \biggl\vert \int_{0}^{t_{1}}(t_{2}-s)^{-\delta}Tx'(s) \,ds- \int _{0}^{t_{1}}(t_{1}-s)^{-\delta}Tx'(s) \,ds\biggr\vert \\& \quad \leq \frac{1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \biggl( \int_{t_{1}}^{t_{2}}(t_{2}-s)^{-\delta} \bigl\vert Tx'(s)\bigr\vert \,ds+ \int _{0}^{t_{1}}\bigl((t_{2}-s)^{-\delta} -(t_{1}-s)^{-\delta}\bigr)\bigl\vert Tx'(s) \bigr\vert \,ds \biggr) \\& \quad \leq \frac{1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \biggl( \int_{t_{1}}^{t_{2}}(t_{2}-s)^{-\delta} \biggl( \int_{0}^{1}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial}{\partial t} G(t,s) \biggr\vert \bigl\vert f\bigl(t,x_{t},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t} \bigr)\bigr\vert \,dt \biggr)\,ds \biggr) \\& \qquad {}+ \int_{0}^{t_{1}}\bigl[(t_{2}-s)^{-\delta}-(t_{1}-s)^{-\delta} \bigr] \biggl( \int _{0}^{1}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial}{ \partial t} G(t,s)\biggr\vert \bigl\vert f\bigl(t,x_{t},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t} \bigr)\bigr\vert \,dt \biggr)\,ds \\& \quad \leq \frac{P(bc\gamma+ac-ac\gamma)}{(bc+ad-ac)\varGamma (2-\delta)\varGamma (\gamma+1)}\bigl\vert t_{2}^{1-\delta} -t_{1}^{1-\delta}\bigr\vert . \end{aligned}$$
Hence, for \(0\leq t_{1}< t_{2}\leq1\), we have
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\Vert Tx(t_{2})-Tx(t_{1})\bigr\Vert \leq& \frac{P}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[ \biggl\vert \bigl(t_{2}^{\gamma}-t_{1}^{\gamma} \bigr)+\frac{a(t_{2}-t_{1})(c-d\gamma )}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr| \\ &{}+ \biggl|\frac{(bc\gamma+ac-ac\gamma)}{(bc+ad-ac)\varGamma (2-\delta)} \bigl(t_{2}^{1-\delta}-t_{1}^{1-\delta} \bigr)\biggr\vert \biggr]. \end{aligned}$$
If \(-\tau\leq t_{1}<0<t_{2}\leq1\), then
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert Tx(t_{2})-Tx(t_{1})\bigr\vert \leq& \bigl\vert Tx(t_{2})-Tx(0)\bigr\vert +\bigl\vert Tx(0)-Tx(t_{1}) \bigr\vert \\ \leq& \int_{0}^{1} \bigl\vert G(t_{2},s)-G(0,s) \bigr\vert \,ds+\bigl\vert \phi(0)-\phi(t_{1})\bigr\vert \\ \leq&\biggl\vert \frac{P}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{t_{2}}(t_{2}-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds+ \frac{at_{2}}{bc+ad-ac} \\ &{}\times \biggl(\frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds - \frac {d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}\,ds \biggr)\biggr\vert +\phi (t_{1}) \\ \leq& \frac{P}{\varGamma (\gamma)}\biggl\vert \frac{t_{2}^{\gamma}}{\gamma }+\frac{at_{2}}{ bc+ad-ac} \biggl(\frac{c}{\gamma}-d\biggr)\biggr\vert +\phi(t_{1}). \end{aligned}$$
Also, if \(-\tau\leq t_{1}<0<t_{2}\leq1\), then
$$\begin{aligned}& \bigl\vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}Tx(t_{2})-{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}Tx(t_{1}) \bigr\vert \\& \quad = \frac {1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \biggl\vert \int_{0}^{t_{2}}(t_{2}-s)^{-\delta}Tx'(s) \,ds\biggr\vert -0 \quad \bigl(\text{by the definition of }C_{\tau}^{+}(0) \bigr) \\& \quad \leq \frac{P}{\varGamma (1-\delta)}\biggl(\frac{t_{2}^{1-\delta}}{1-\delta}\biggr). \end{aligned}$$
Hence, if \(-\tau\leq t_{1}<0<t_{2}\leq1\), then
$$ \bigl\Vert Tx(t_{2})-Tx(t_{1})\bigr\Vert \leq \biggl\vert \frac{P}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \biggl(\frac {t_{2}^{\gamma}}{\gamma}+\frac{at_{2}}{ bc+ad-ac}\biggl( \frac{c}{\gamma}-d\biggr) \biggr)\biggr\vert +\bigl\Vert \phi(t_{1})\bigr\Vert +\biggl\vert \frac {Pt_{2}^{1-\delta}}{ \varGamma (2-\delta)}\biggr\vert . $$
If \(-r\leq t_{1}< t_{2}\leq0\), then from the definition of ϕ we get
$$ \bigl\vert Tx(t_{2})-Tx(t_{1})\bigr\vert =\bigl\vert \phi(t_{2})-\phi(t_{1})\bigr\vert $$
and also
$$ \bigl\vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}Tx(t_{2})-{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta }Tx(t_{1}) \bigr\vert =\bigl\vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta} \phi(t_{2})- {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta} \phi(t_{1})\bigr\vert =0. $$
$$\bigl\Vert Tx(t_{2})-Tx(t_{1})\bigr\Vert =\bigl\Vert \phi(t_{2})-\phi(t_{1})\bigr\Vert . $$
Hence, by the preceding we can say that \(\|Tx(t_{2})-Tx(t_{1})\|\rightarrow0\) as \(t_{2}\rightarrow t_{1}\), that is, for any \(\epsilon> 0\), there exists \(\delta>0\) independent of \(t_{1} \), \(t_{2}\) and x such that \(|Tx(t_{2})-Tx(t_{1})|\leq\epsilon\) whenever \(|t_{2}-t_{1}|<\delta\). Therefore, \(T:X\rightarrow X\) is completely continuous. □
Now we will use the Banach contraction principle to prove the uniqueness of the solution. For convenience, we denote
$$\begin{aligned}& L:=\frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[\frac{ad(1-\gamma)+\gamma bd}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr], \\& L^{*}:=\frac{1}{\varGamma (2-\delta)\varGamma (\gamma +1)} \biggl[\frac{bc\gamma+ac(1-\gamma)}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr]. \end{aligned}$$

Theorem 3.2

Suppose that
$$\bigl\vert f(t,x_{1},x_{2})-f(t,\bar{x}_{1}, \bar{x}_{2})\bigr\vert \leq q\bigl(\vert x_{1}-\bar{x}_{1}\vert +\vert x_{2}-\bar{x}_{2}\vert \bigr) $$
for each \(0< t<1\) and all \(x_{1},x_{2},\bar{x}_{1},\bar{x}_{2} \in C_{\tau }\), where q is a positive constant. If \(q<(L+L^{*})^{-1}\), then BVP (1) has a unique solution.


From the definition of T we get
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert Tx(t)-T\bar{x}(t)\bigr\vert \leq& \int _{0}^{1}\bigl\vert G(t,s)\bigr\vert \bigl\vert f\bigl(s,x_{s},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{s} \bigr)-f\bigl(s,\bar{x}_{s},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta} \bar{x}_{s}\bigr)\,ds\bigr\vert \\ \leq& q\|x-\bar{x}\| \biggl[\frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds+\biggl(\frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac}\biggr) \\ &{} \times\biggl\{ \frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-1}\,ds - \frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int _{0}^{1}(1-s)^{\gamma-2}\,ds \biggr\} \biggr] \\ \leq& \frac{q\|x-\bar{x}\|}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \biggl[\frac {t^{\gamma}}{\gamma}+ \frac{at-b}{bc+ad-ac}\biggl( \frac{c}{\gamma}-d\biggr) \biggr] \\ \leq& \frac{q\|x-\bar{x}\|}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[\frac {ad(1-\gamma)+\gamma bd}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr] \\ \leq& q\|x-\bar{x}\|L. \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}Tx(t)-{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}T \bar{x}(t)\bigr\vert \leq &\biggl\vert \frac{1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{-\delta} \bigl((Tx)'(s)-(T\bar{x})'(s)\,ds \bigr)\biggr\vert \\ \leq&\frac{1}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{-\delta} \biggl( \int _{0}^{1}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial}{ \partial s} G(s,p)\biggr\vert \bigl\vert f\bigl(p,x_{p},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{p} \bigr) \\ &{}-f\bigl(p,\bar{x}_{p},{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta} \bar{x}_{p}\bigr)\bigr\vert \,dp \biggr)\,ds \\ \leq& \frac{q\|x-\bar{x}\|}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{-\delta } \biggl( \int_{0}^{t}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial}{ \partial s} G(s,p) \biggr\vert \,dp \biggr)\,ds. \end{aligned}$$
Now by the definition of \(G(t,s)\) we have
$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} \int_{0}^{1}\biggl\vert \frac{\partial}{\partial t} G(t,s) \biggr\vert \,ds\leq{}&\frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int_{0}^{t} \bigl\vert (t-s)^{\gamma-2}\bigr\vert \,ds+\biggl(\frac{a}{bc+ad-ac}\biggr) \\ &{}\times\biggl\{ \frac{c}{\varGamma (\gamma)} \int_{0}^{1}\bigl\vert (1-s)^{\gamma-1}\bigr\vert \,ds-\frac{d}{\varGamma (\gamma-1)} \int _{0}^{1}\bigl\vert (1-s)^{\gamma-2}\bigr\vert \,ds \biggr\} \\ \leq{}& \frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl(\frac{bc\gamma+ac(1-\gamma )}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr). \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert {}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}Tx(t)-{}^{\mathrm{c}}D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}T \bar {x}(t)\bigr\vert \leq& \frac{q\|x-\bar{x}\|}{\varGamma (1-\delta)} \int_{0}^{t}\frac {(t-s)^{-\delta}(bc\gamma+ac(1-\gamma))}{ \varGamma (\gamma+1)(bc+ad-ac)}\,ds \\ \leq& \frac{q\|x-\bar{x}\|}{\varGamma (2-\delta)\varGamma (\gamma +1)} \biggl(\frac{bc\gamma+ac(1-\gamma)}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr) \\ \leq& q\|x-\bar{x}\|L^{*}. \end{aligned}$$
From equations (11) and (12) we obtain that
$$\|Tx-T\bar{x}\|\leq q\|x-\bar{x}\|L+q\|x-\bar{x}\|L^{*}\leq q \|x-\bar{x} \|\bigl(L+L^{*}\bigr). $$
Also, it is clear that, for each \(t \in[-\tau,0]\), \(|Tx(t)-T\bar{x}(t)|=0\). Hence, by the Banach contraction principle BVP (1) has a unique solution. □

4 Examples

In this section, we present some examples to explain the applicability of the main results.

Example 1

Consider the following BVP of FFDE:
$$ D_{0^{+}}^{\gamma}x(t)=\frac{\varGamma (\delta+1)}{64} \bigl(e^{t}-1\bigr)+\frac{\varGamma (\delta+1)}{120}e^{-t}\vert x_{t}\vert ^{\psi_{1}}+\frac {e^{-t}}{143}\bigl\vert D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t}\bigr\vert ^{\psi_{2}}, \quad 0< t< 1, $$
with boundary conditions
$$\begin{aligned}& x(t)+2x'(t) = \zeta(t),\quad -\tau\leq t \leq0, \\& 3x(t)-\frac{1}{2}x'(t) = \eta(t),\quad 0\leq t \leq1, \end{aligned}$$
where \(\zeta(0)=\eta(1)=0\), \(D_{0^{+}}^{\gamma}\) and \(D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}\) are the Caputo derivative with \(1<\gamma<2\) and \(0<\delta<1\), \(t \in (0,1)\). Take \(m(t)=\frac{\varGamma (\delta+1)}{64}(e^{t}-1)\), \(j=\frac {\varGamma (\delta+1)}{120}e^{-t}\), \(k=\frac{e^{-t}}{143}\). So
$$ f\bigl(t,x_{t},D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t}\bigr) := \frac{\varGamma (\delta +1)}{64}\bigl(e^{t}-1\bigr)+\frac{\varGamma (\delta+1)}{120} e^{-t}\vert x_{t}\vert ^{\psi_{1}}+\frac{e^{-t}}{143} \bigl\vert D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t}\bigr\vert ^{\psi _{2}}. $$
Then, for \(t\in(0,1)\), we obtain
$$ \bigl\vert f\bigl(t,x_{t},D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t} \bigr)\bigr\vert \leq m(t)+j\vert x_{t}\vert ^{\psi _{1}}+k \bigl\vert D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t}\bigr\vert ^{\psi_{2}}. $$
For \(0<\psi_{1}, \psi_{2}<1\), (C1) is satisfied. Similarly, for \(\psi _{1},\psi_{2} >1\), (C2) of Theorem 3.1 is proved. Therefore, BVP (13) has a solution.

Example 2

Consider BVP for the fractional functional differential equation
$$ D_{0^{+}}^{\frac{3}{2}} x(t)=\frac{|x_{t}|+|D_{0^{+}}^{\frac{1}{2}} x_{t}|}{(12+15e^{2t})(1+|x_{t}|+|D_{0^{+}}^{\frac{1}{2}} x_{t})|} $$
with boundary conditions
$$\begin{aligned}& x(0)+2x'(0) = 0, \\& 3x(1)-\frac{1}{2}x'(1) = 0. \end{aligned}$$
Here \(\gamma=\frac{3}{2}\), \(\delta=\frac{1}{2}\), and
$$ f\bigl(t,x_{t},D_{0^{+}}^{\delta}x_{t} \bigr)=\frac{|x_{t}|+|D_{0^{+}}^{\frac{1}{2}} x_{t}|}{(12+15e^{2t})(1+|x_{t}|+|D_{0^{+}}^{\frac{1}{2}} x_{t}|)}. $$
$$ f(t,x_{1},x_{2}) = \frac{|x_{1}|+|x_{2}|}{(12+15e^{2t})(1+|x_{1}|+|x_{2}|)} $$
and consider \(x_{1},x_{2},\bar{x}_{1},\bar{x}_{2} \in C_{\tau}\). Then, for every \(t \in[0,1]\),
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert f(t,x_{1},x_{2})-f(t,\bar{x}_{1}, \bar{x}_{2})\bigr\vert =&\frac{1}{12+15e^{2t}} \biggl\vert \frac{|x_{1}|+|x_{2}|}{1+|x_{1}|+|x_{2}|}-\frac{|\bar{x}_{1}|+|\bar{x}_{2}|}{1+|\bar{x}_{1}|+|\bar{x}_{2}|}\biggr\vert \\ \leq&\frac{1}{12+15e^{2t}} \biggl(\frac{|x_{1}-\bar{x}_{1}|+|x_{2}-\bar {x}_{2}|}{(1+|x_{1}|+|x_{2}|)(1+|\bar{x}_{1}|+|\bar{x}_{2}|)} \biggr) \\ \leq&\frac{1}{12+15e^{2t}}\bigl(\vert x_{1}-\bar{x}_{1} \vert +\vert x_{2}-\bar{x}_{2}\vert \bigr) \\ \leq& \frac{1}{27}\bigl(\vert x_{1}-\bar{x}_{1} \vert +\vert x_{2}-\bar{x}_{2}\vert \bigr). \end{aligned}$$
For every \(t \in[-\tau,0]\), we have
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert f(t,x_{1},x_{2})-f(t,\bar{x}_{1}, \bar{x}_{2})\bigr\vert =&\frac{1}{12+15e^{2t}} \biggl\vert \frac{|x_{1}|+|x_{2}|}{1+|x_{1}|+|x_{2}|}-\frac{|\bar{x}_{1}|+|\bar{x}_{2}|}{1+|\bar{x}_{1}|+|\bar{x}_{2}|}\biggr\vert \\ \leq&\frac{1}{12+15e^{2t}} \biggl(\frac{|x_{1}-\bar{x}_{1}|+|x_{2}-\bar {x}_{2}|}{(1+|x_{1}|+|x_{2}|)(1+|\bar{x}_{1}|+|\bar{x}_{2}|)} \biggr) \\ \leq& \frac{1}{12}\bigl(\vert x_{1}-\bar{x}_{1} \vert +\vert x_{2}-\bar{x}_{2}\vert \bigr). \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}& L = \frac{1}{\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[\frac{ad(1-\gamma)+\gamma bd}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr] \\& \hphantom{L}= \frac{1}{\varGamma (\frac{3}{2}+1)} \biggl[\frac{ad(1-\frac{3}{2})+\frac {3}{2} bd}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr] \\& \hphantom{L} \approx 0.268, \\& L^{*} = \frac{1}{\varGamma (2-\delta)\varGamma (\gamma+1)} \biggl[\frac{bc\gamma +ac(1-\gamma)}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr] \\& \hphantom{L^{*}} = \frac{1}{\varGamma (\frac{3}{2})\varGamma (\frac{3}{2}+1)} \biggl[\frac{\frac {3}{2} bc+ac(1-\frac{3}{2})}{bc+ad-ac} \biggr] \\& \hphantom{L^{*}} \approx 1.82. \end{aligned}$$
Also, \((L+L^{*})^{-1} \approx0.478\). This means that \(q=0.037<0.083<(L+L^{*})^{-1}\). Hence, by Theorem (3.2), BVP (14) has a unique solution.



This research had been supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11371027, 11471015, and 11601003).

Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

Authors’ Affiliations

School of Mathematical Sciences, Anhui University, Hefei, Anhui, 230039, China
Department of Mathematics, School of Natural Sciences (SNS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), H-12 Sector, Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan


  1. Kilbas, A, Srivastava, H, Trujillo, J: Theory and Applications of Fractional Differential Equations. Elsevier, Amsterdam (2006) MATHGoogle Scholar
  2. Miller, K, Ross, B: An Introduction to the Fractional Calculus and Fractional Differential Equation. Wiley, New York (1993) MATHGoogle Scholar
  3. Oldham, K, Spanier, J: The Fractional Calculus. Academic Press, New York (1974) MATHGoogle Scholar
  4. Podlubny, I: Fractional Differential Equations. Academic Press, San Diego (1999) MATHGoogle Scholar
  5. Samko, S, Kilbas, A, Marichev, O: Fractional Integral and Derivative: Theory and Applications. Gordon & Breach, Yverdon (1993) MATHGoogle Scholar
  6. Ahmad, B, Ntouyas, SK: Existence results for a coupled system of Caputo type sequential fractional differential equations with nonlocal integral boundary conditions. Appl. Math. Comput. 266, 615-622 (2015) MathSciNetGoogle Scholar
  7. Eloe, PW, Henderson, J: Uniqueness implies existence and uniqueness conditions for nonlocal boundary value problems for nth order differential equation. J. Math. Anal. Appl. 331, 240-247 (2007) View ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  8. Agarwal, RP, Benchohra, M, Hamani, A: Boundary value problems for fractional differential equations. Georgian Math. J. 16, 401-411 (2009) MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar
  9. Diethelm, K: The Analysis of Fractional Differential Equations. Springer, Berlin (2010) View ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  10. Feng, W, Sun, S, Han, Z, Zhao, Y: Existence of solutions for a singular system of nonlinear fractional differential equations. Comput. Math. Appl. 62(3), 1370-1378 (2011) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  11. Rehman, M, Khan, R, Asif, N: Three point boundary value problems for nonlinear fractional differential equations. Acta Math. Sci. Ser. B 31(4), 1337-1346 (2011) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  12. Sun, S, Zhao, Y, Han, Z, Xu, M: Uniqueness of positive solutions for boundary value problems of singular fractional differential equations. Inverse Probl. Sci. Eng. 20, 299-309 (2012) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  13. Sun, S, Zhao, Y, Han, Z, Li, Y: The existence of solutions for boundary value problem of fractional hybrid differential equations. Commun. Nonlinear Sci. Numer. Simul. 17, 4961-4967 (2012) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  14. Agarwal, RP, Zhou, Y, He, Y: Existence of fractional neutral functional differential equations. Comput. Math. Appl. 59, 1095-1100 (2010) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  15. Benchohra, M, Henderson, J, Ntouyas, S, Ouahab, A: Existence results for fractional order functional differential equations with infinite delay. J. Math. Anal. Appl. 338, 1340-1350 (2008) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  16. Lakshmikantham, V: Theory of fractional functional differential equations. Nonlinear Anal. 69, 3337-3343 (2008) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  17. Lakshmikantham, V, Vatsala, A: Basic theory of fractional differential equations. Nonlinear Anal. 69, 2677-2682 (2008) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  18. Lakshmikantham, V, Vatsala, A: Theory of fractional differential inequalities and applications. Commun. Appl. Anal. 11, 395-402 (2007) MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar
  19. Lakshmikantham, V, Devi, J: Theory of fractional differential equations in Banach space. Eur. J. Pure Appl. Math. 1, 38-45 (2008) MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar
  20. Guo, D, Lakshmikantham, V: Nonlinear Problems in Abstract Cone. Academic Press, Orlando (1988) MATHGoogle Scholar
  21. Li, Y, Jiang, W: Fractional order nonlinear systems with delay in iterative learning control. Appl. Math. Comput. 257, 546-552 (2015) MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar
  22. Li, Y, Sun, S, Yang, D, Han, Z: Three-point boundary value problems of fractional functional differential equations with delay. Bound. Value Probl. 2013, 38 (2013) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  23. Li, X, Liu, S, Jiang, W: Positive solutions for boundary value problem of nonlinear fractional functional differential equations. Appl. Math. Comput. 217, 9278-9285 (2011) MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar
  24. Liu, S, Li, X, Zhou, XF, Jiang, W: Synchronization analysis of singular dynamical networks with unbounded time-delays. Adv. Differ. Equ. 2015, 193 (2015) MathSciNetView ArticleGoogle Scholar
  25. Wen, Y, Zhou, XF, Zhang, Z, Liu, S: Lyapunov method for nonlinear fractional differential systems with delay. Nonlinear Dyn. 82, 1015-1025 (2015) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  26. Zhou, XF, Yang, F, Jiang, W: Analytic study on linear neutral fractional differential equations. Appl. Math. Comput. 257, 295-307 (2015) MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar
  27. Zhao, K, Wang, K: Existence of solutions for the delayed nonlinear fractional functional differential equations with three-point integral boundary value conditions. Adv. Differ. Equ. 2016, 284 (2016) MathSciNetView ArticleGoogle Scholar
  28. Xu, S, Radenovic, S: Fixed point theorems of generalized Lipschitz mappings on cone metric spaces over Banach algebras without assumption of normality. Fixed Point Theory Appl. 2014, 102 (2014) MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar
  29. Zhang, S: Positive solution for boundary value problem of nonlinear fractional differential equations. Electron. J. Differ. Equ. 2006, 36 (2006) Google Scholar
  30. Smart, DR: Fixed Point Theorems. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (1973) MATHGoogle Scholar