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Optimality conditions for fractional differential inclusions with nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2018, Article number: 257 (2018)
Abstract
In this paper, by using the Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem, we consider a differential inclusions problem with fractionaltime derivative with nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel in Hilbert spaces. The Atangana–Baleanu fractional derivative of order α in the sense of Caputo with respect to time t, is considered. Existence and uniqueness of solution are proved by means of the Lions–Stampacchia theorem. The existence of solution is obtained for all values of the fractional parameter \(\alpha\in(0, 1)\). Moreover, by applying control theory to the fractional differential inclusions problem, we obtain an optimality system which has also a unique solution. The controllability of the fractional Dirichlet problem is studied. Some examples are analyzed in detail.
Introduction
Fractional calculus was proposed independently by Newton and Leibniz. The theory of a noninteger order operators (integral and differential) was initiated in 1695. Ever since that time, several definitions of integral and differential operators have been suggested: Riemann–Liouville derivative and integral, Caputo derivative, Hadamard integral, Erdélyi–Kober fractional derivative and integral, Grunwald–Letnikov derivative, left and right Chen integrals.
In (2015), Caputo and Fabrizio [30] proposed a new definition of fractional derivatives:
valid for \(0<\alpha<1\), with \(B(\alpha)\) being a normalization function satisfying \(B(0)=B(1)=1\). The basic challenge they were addressing was whether it is possible to construct another type of fractional operator which has nonsingular kernel and which can better describe in some cases the dynamics of nonlocal phenomena. The Caputo–Fabrizio definition has already found applications in areas such as diffusion modeling [39] and massspringdamper systems [8].
However, some issues were pointed out against both derivatives, including one in the Caputo sense and one in the Riemann–Liouville sense. As Sheikh [48] pointed out, the CF fractional derivative as the kernel in integral was nonsingular but was still nonlocal. Some researchers also concluded that the operator was not a derivative with fractional order but a filter with fractional parameter. The fractional parameter can then be viewed as a filter regulator. To overcome the above drawbacks, Yang et al. [52] proposed a new fractional derivative involving the normalized sinc function without singular kernel.
Atangana and Baleanu introduced a new operator with fractional order based upon the generalized Mittag–Leffler function (see [1, 2, 10, 19–34, 40–45, 51] and the references therein). Their operators have all the benefits of that of the CF derivative in addition to the kernel being nonlocal and nonsingular. The nonlocality of the kernel gives better description of the memory within the structure with different scale.
Here we shall mostly be considering a more recently developed definition for fractional differintegrals due to [10]. This new type of calculus addresses the same underlying challenge as that of Caputo and Fabrizio, but it uses a kernel which is nonlocal as well as nonsingular, namely the Mittag–Leffler function:
In this way we are able to describe a different type of dynamics of nonlocal complex systems. In fact the classical fractional calculus and the one corresponding to the Mittag–Leffler nonsingular kernel complement each other in the attempt to better describe the hidden aspects of nonlocal dynamical systems. Fractional calculus based on the nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel is more easily used from the numerical viewpoint, and this has been studied for example in [31].
We note that the Mittag–Leffler function is already known to be highly useful in fractional calculus [46]. Applications of the new AB formula have been explored in fields as diverse as chaos theory [9], heat transfer [10], and variational problems [2]. Furthermore, it is natural to address the same questions about the fractional integrator and applications of these new operators in the theory of control and related fractional variational Euler–Lagrange and Hamilton equations (see [1, 31, 36–38]). Besides, we expect to obtain some new terms in all generalized formulae from the classical fractional calculus, and this aspect will be important for the related applications.
Some basic properties of the new AB differintegrals have already been proved in several recent papers: for example, the original paper [10] established the formulae for Laplace transforms of AB differintegrals and some Lipschitztype inequalities; the paper [2] considered integration by parts identities and Euler–Lagrange equations; and the paper [31] established, using Laplace transforms, analogues of the Newton–Leibniz formula for the integral of a derivative. However, much of the groundlevel theory of this new model of fractional calculus has not yet been fully developed, and this paper aims to add to this basic theory by establishing new fundamental results in the field.
The theory of differential inclusions has recently been an object of increasing interest because of its wide applicability in physics, in biology, and in engineering fields. In fact, classical differential equations cannot be used to describe processes which at certain moments change their state rapidly. Therefore, inclusions differential equations seems to be an appropriate model to describe inclusions problems. Several articles have studied the existence of mild solutions and controllability problems for various types of integers (see [19–32, 34] and the references therein).
In this work, using the fractionaltime derivative with the nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel [10], we obtain the existence and uniqueness results for a variational fractional differential system in a bounded domain for all the values \(\alpha\in(0, 1)\) in the following form.
Let Ω be an open and bounded subset of \(R^{d}\) (\(d\geq1\)), with sufficiently smooth boundary ∂Ω. Given \(\alpha\in(0, 1)\), a wellbehaved function \(f\in L^{2}(0,T; H^{1}(\Omega))\), and initial data \(y_{0}\in H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)\), we seek
such that
where \({}^{\mathrm{ABC}}_{\quad 0} D_{t}^{\alpha}y(t)\) for \(\alpha \in(0,1)\) is the Atangana–Baleanu fractional times derivatives in the Caputo sense which are formally defined in Sect. 2.
In the cases of single and multiple fractional time classical Caputo and Riemann–Liouville derivatives, similar problems to (1.1) have been already studied. In [7], Ahmad and Ntouyas study the existence of solutions for fractional differential inclusions with fourpoint nonlocal Riemann–Liouville type integral boundary conditions. In [16] the classical control theory has been applied to a fractional inclusions problems in a bounded domain of type (1.1)–(1.3), where the classical Riemann–Liouville fractional derivative with respect to time was considered. In [32], Djida et al. study the optimal control of diffusion equation with fractional time derivative with nonlocal and nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel. In [37], Gomez–Aguilar study the space—time fractional diffusion equation using a derivative with nonsingular and regular kernel. In [28, 29], Barbu studies the necessary conditions for distributed nonfractional control problems governed by parabolic variational inequalities. In [34], Friedman studies the optimal control for nonfractional variational inequalities. These equations have been solved numerically by using different approaches (see, e.g., [6, 31] and the references therein).
Although for the Caputo fractional derivative there exist a large and rapidly growing number of publications (see [12, 16]) according to authors’ knowledge, we would like to emphasize here the existence and uniqueness of solutions for the fractional inclusions problems of type (1.1)–(1.3), when the classical Caputo fractionaltime derivative is not considered for \(\alpha(1/2, 1)\).
Furthermore, as far as the optimal control of problem (1.1)–(1.3) is concerned, one can refer to the methods of the Lagrange multiplier technique for the classical Caputo and Riemann–Liouville fractional time derivative presented by different authors (see, e.g., [1–19, 26] and the references therein).
Making use of the Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem [35], following in [43], Kotarski considered an optimization problem for a parabolic system where the state of the equation was given by scalar case (one equation), and he obtained necessary and sufficient conditions for optimality by applying the classical Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem [35]. The performance index was more general than the quadratic one and had an integral form. The set representing the constraints on the controls was assumed to have a nonempty interior. This assumption can be easily removed if we apply the generalized version of the Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem [50] instead of the classical one [35] (as the approximation of the set of controls, the regular tangent cone is used instead of the regular admissible cone).
The optimal control problems and calculus of variation for variational equality with fractional time derivative with nonlocal and nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel are studied in many papers (see, for example, [1, 2, 10, 11, 21] and the references therein).
Here we study the optimal control problem for variational inequality with fractional time derivative with nonlocal and nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel. We are interested in finding the control \(u\in L^{2}(Q)\) that minimizes the cost function
subject to problem (1.1)–(1.3), where \(F:\Omega\times (0,T)\times\Omega\times\Omega\to\Bbb {R}^{1}\) satisfies the following conditions:
 \((A_{1})\) :

\(F(x,t,y,u)\) is continuous with respect to \((x,t,y,u)\);
 \((A_{2})\) :

There exist \(F_{y}(x,t,y,u)\), \(F_{u}(x,t,y,u)\) which are continuous with respect to \((x,t,y,u)\);
 \((A_{3})\) :

\(F(x,t,y,u)\) is strictly convex with respect to the pair \((y,u)\), i.e., \(\forall y^{1},y^{2},u^{1},u^{2}\in\Omega\), \((y^{1},u^{1})\neq (y^{2},u^{2})\), \(\varepsilon\in(0,1)\).
$$F\bigl(x,t,\varepsilon y^{1}+(1\varepsilon)y^{2}, \varepsilon u^{1}+(1\varepsilon)u^{2}\bigr)< \varepsilon F \bigl(x,t,y^{1},u^{1}\bigr)+ (1\varepsilon)F \bigl(x,t,y^{2},u^{2}\bigr). $$
In other words, we are interested in finding the control parameter \(u^{0} \in L^{2}(Q)\) such that the functional
holds true.
This manuscript is structured as follows: In Sect. 2 we collect notation, definitions, and preliminary results regarding the solution representation, and we compute the integration by parts involving the Atangana–Baleanu fractionaltime derivative. Consequently, the weak formulation of (1.1)–(1.3) is obtained. Section 3 is dedicated to the sketch of proof of the existence and uniqueness of solution of the weak formulation problem. More precisely, we prove Theorem 3.2 as well as some corollaries. Moreover, Sect. 4 is devoted to an optimal control problem for differential inclusion problem (1.1)–(1.3).
Preliminaries
In this section, we give some notations on the functional spaces, useful properties on the Mittag–Leffler function and the fractional time derivatives, regularity results for the fractional variational inequalities with nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel (1.1)–(1.3).
Let \(L^{2}(\Omega)\) be the usual Hilbert space equipped with the scalar product \((\cdot,\cdot)\), and \(H^{m}(\Omega)\), \(H^{m}_{0} (\Omega)\) denote the usual Sobolev spaces.
We first start by recalling the Mittag–Leffler function \(E_{\alpha,\beta}(z)\) (see [42, 47]) which will be used extensively throughout this work and is defined below:
where \(\Gamma(\cdot)\) denotes the gamma function defined as
The Mittag–Leffler function is a twoparameter family of entire functions of z. The exponential function is a particular case of the Mittag–Leffler function, namely
where (and throughout this investigation) \((\lambda)_{k}\) denotes the familiar Pochhammer symbol or the shifted factorial. Furthermore, we recall the following lemma from [42].
Lemma 2.1
Let \(\alpha, \beta\in\mathbb{C}\) such that \(\mathcal{R}(\alpha)>0\) and \(\mathcal{R}(\beta)>0\). Then we have that
Let us recall some useful definitions of fractional derivatives in the sense of Atangana–Baleanu [10].
Definition 2.1
For a given function \(u\in H^{1}(a, T)\), \(T > a\), \(\alpha\in(0,1)\), the Atangana–Baleanu fractional derivative (AB derivative) of u of order α in the Caputo sense \({}^{\mathrm{ABC}}_{\quad a}D_{t}^{\alpha}u(t)\) (where A denotes Atangana, B denotes Baleanu, and C denotes Caputo type) with base point a is defined at a point \(t\in(a, T)\) by
where
\(E_{\alpha}(\cdot)\) stands for the Mittag–Leffler function, and with \(B(\alpha)\) being a normalization function satisfying
and in the Riemann–Liouville sense with
For \(\alpha=1\) in (2.3) we consider the usual classical derivative \(\partial _{t}\).
The associated left AB fractional integral \({}^{\mathrm{AB}}_{\hspace{5pt}a}I_{t}^{\alpha} u(t)\) is also defined as
Notice that if \(\alpha=0\) in (2.4) we recover the initial function and if \(\alpha=1\) in (2.4) we consider the usual ordinary integral. Some recent results and properties concerning this operator can be found in [1] and papers therein. In addition, we recall the following definition from [1].
Definition 2.2
For a given function \(u\in H^{1}(a, T)\), \(T >t> a\), the right Atangana–Baleanu fractional derivative of u of order α in the Caputo sense with base point T is defined at a point \(t\in(a, T)\) by
and in the Riemann–Liouville sense with
The associated right AB fractional integral \({}^{\mathrm{AB}}_{\hspace{5pt}a}I_{t}^{\alpha}u(t)\) is also defined as
Next we state the following proposition which gives integration by parts (see [1]).
Proposition 2.2
(Integration by parts, see [1])
Let \(\alpha>0\), \(p\geq1\), \(q\geq1\), and \(\frac{1}{p}+\frac{1}{q}\leq1+\alpha\) (\(p\neq1\) and \(q\neq1\) in the case \(\frac{1}{p}+\frac{1}{q}= 1+\alpha\)). Then, for any \(\phi(x)\in L^{p}(a,b)\), \(\psi(x)\in L^{q}(a,b)\), we have
if \(\phi(x)\in {}^{\mathrm{AB}}_{\hspace{5pt} t}I_{b}^{\alpha}(L^{p})\) and \(\psi(x)\in {}^{\mathrm{AB}}_{\hspace{5pt} a}I_{t}^{\alpha}(L^{q})\), then
where the left generalized fractional integral operator
and the right generalized fractional integral operator
We recall some useful relations of the Laplace transform (\(\mathcal{L} [\cdot]\)) of the generalized Mittag–Leffler function (see [42, 47]):
The following lemma gives estimates of the behavior of the Mittag–Leffler function in the complex plane (see [47]).
Lemma 2.3
Let β be an arbitrary real number, \(\alpha\in(0,2)\), and μ is such that \(\frac{\alpha\pi}{2}<\mu<\min(\pi, \alpha\pi )\). There exists a positive constant \(C> 0\) such that
Next we state the following proposition which gives the fractional Green’s formula that will be used in our analysis.
Proposition 2.4
(Fractional Green’s formula, see [31])
Let \(0<\alpha\leq1\). Then, for any \(\phi,y\in C^{\infty}(\overline{Q})\), we have
We also introduce the Hilbert space
in which a solution of a fractional differential system is contained. The spaces considered in this paper are assumed to be real.
Definitions of cones and Lyusternik theorem
Milyutin–Dubovitskii’s method [49, 50] arises from the geometric from the Hahn–Banach theorem (theorem about separation of convex sets). It will be shown in the example.
Let us assume that E is a linear topological space, locally convex, \(I(x)\) is a functional defined on E, \(A_{i}\), \(i=1,2,\ldots,n\), are sets in E with inner points which represent inequality constraints, B is a set in E without inner points representing equality constraints.
We must find some conditions necessary for a local minimum of the functional \(I(x)\) on the set \(Q=\bigcap_{i=1}^{n}A_{i}\cap B\) or find a point \(x_{0}\in E\) so that \(I(x_{0})=\min_{Q\cup U} I(x)\), where U means certain neighborhood of the point \(x_{0}\). We define the set
Then we formulate the necessary condition of optimality as follows: in the neighborhood of the local minimum point, the intersection of the class of sets (the set on which the functional attains smaller values than \(I(x_{0})\), and the sets representing constraints) is empty or \(\bigcap_{i=0}^{n}A_{i}\cap B=\phi\).
The condition \(\bigcap_{i=0}^{n}A_{i}\cap B=\phi\) is also equivalent to the one in which, instead of sets \(A_{i}\), \(i=1,2,\ldots,n\), or B, there are approximations of \(A_{i}\), \(i=1,2,\ldots,n\), and B. These approximations are cones with the vertices at a point \(\{0\}\).
We shall approximate the inequality constraints by the regular admissible cones \(\operatorname{RAC}(A_{i},x_{0})\), \(i=1,2,\ldots,n\), the equality constraints by the regular tangent cone \(\operatorname{RTC}(B,x_{0})\), and for the performance functional, we shall construct the regular improvement cone \(\operatorname{RFC}(I,x_{0})\).
Then we have the necessary condition of the optimality \(I(x)\) on the set \(Q=\bigcap_{i=1}^{n}A_{i}\cap B\) that has the form of Euler–Lagrange’s equation
where \(f_{i}\) (\(i=0,1,\ldots,n+1\)) are the linear, continuous functionals; all of them are not equal to zero at the same time, and they belong to the adjoint cones
For the convex problem, i.e., the problem in which the constraints are convex sets and the performance functional is convex, the Euler–Lagrange equation is the necessary and sufficient condition of optimality, provided that certain additional assumptions are fulfilled (the socalled Slater condition).
At first we recall definitions of conical approximations and cones of the same sense or of the opposite sense. Let A be a set contained in a Banach space X and \(F:X\to \Bbb {R}\) be a given functional.
Definition 2.3
A set \(\operatorname{TC}(A, x^{0}):=\{h\in X: \exists \epsilon_{0}>0,\forall\epsilon\in(0,\epsilon_{0}),\exists r(\epsilon)\in X; x^{0}+\epsilon h + r(\epsilon)\in A\}\), where \({r(\epsilon)\over \epsilon}\to0\) as \(\epsilon\to0\) is called the tangent cone to the set A at the point \(x^{0}\in A\).
Definition 2.4
A set \(\operatorname{AC}(A, x^{0}):=\{h\in X: \exists\epsilon_{0}>0,\exists U(h),\forall \epsilon\in(0,\epsilon_{0}),\forall\overline{h}\in U(h); x^{0}+\epsilon \overline{h}\in A\}\), where \(U(h)\) is a neighborhood of h, is called the admissible cone to the set A at the point \(x^{0}\in A\).
Definition 2.5
A set \(\operatorname{FC}(F, x^{0}):=\{h\in X: \exists\epsilon_{0}>0,\exists U(h),\forall \epsilon\in(0,\epsilon_{0}),\forall\overline{h}\in U(h); F(x^{0}+\epsilon\overline{h})< F(x^{0})\}\), is called the cone of decrease of the functional F at the point \(x^{0}\in X\).
Definition 2.6
A set \(\operatorname{NC}(F, x^{0}):=\{h\in X: \exists\epsilon_{0}>0,\exists U(h),\forall \epsilon\in(0,\epsilon_{0}),\forall\overline{h}\in U(h); F(x^{0}+\epsilon\overline{h})\leq F(x^{0})\}\), is called the cone of nonincrease of the functional F at the point \(x^{0}\in X\).
All the cones defined above are cones with vertices at the origin. The cones \(\operatorname{AC}(A, x^{0})\), \(\operatorname{FC}(F, x^{0})\), and \(\operatorname{NC}(F, x^{0})\) are open, while the cone \(\operatorname{TC}(A, x^{0})\) is closed. If \(\operatorname{int} A\neq \emptyset\), then \(\operatorname{AC}(A, x^{0})\) does not exist. Moreover, if \(A_{1},\ldots,A_{n}\in X\), \(x^{0}\in \bigcap_{i=1}^{n}A_{i}\), then
If the cones \(\operatorname{TC}(A, x^{0})\), \(\operatorname{AC}(A, x^{0})\), \(\operatorname{FC}(F, x^{0})\), and \(\operatorname{NC}(F, x^{0})\) are convex, then they are called regular cones and we denote them by \(\operatorname{RTC}(A, x^{0})\), \(\operatorname{RAC}(A, x^{0})\), \(\operatorname{RFC}(F, x^{0})\), and \(\operatorname{RNC}(F,x^{0})\), respectively.
Let \(C_{i}\), \(i=1,\ldots,n\), be a system of cones and \(B_{M}\) be a ball with center 0 and radius \(M>0\) in the space X.
Definition 2.7
The cones \(C_{i}\), \(i=1,\ldots,n\), are of the same sense if \(\forall M>0\), \(\exists M_{1},\ldots,M_{2}>0\) so that \(\forall x\in B_{M}\cap \sum_{i=1}^{n}C_{i}\), \(x= \sum_{i=1}^{n}x_{i}\), \(x_{i}\in C_{i}\), \(i=1,\ldots,n\), we have \(x_{i}\in B_{M_{i}}\cap C_{i}\), \(i=1,\ldots,n\) (or equivalently the inequality \(\Vert x \Vert\leq M\) implies the inequalities \(\Vert x_{i} \Vert\leq M_{i}\), \(i=1,\ldots,n\)).
Definition 2.8
The cones \(C_{i}\), \(i=1,\ldots,n\), are of the opposite sense if \(\exists (x_{1},\ldots,x_{n})\neq (0,\ldots,0)\), \(x_{i}\in C_{i}\), \(i=1,\ldots,n\), so that \(0= \sum_{i=1}^{n}x_{i}\).
Remark 2.5
From Definitions 2.6 and 2.7 it follows that the set of cones of the same sense is disjoint with the set of cones of the opposite sense. If a certain subsystem of cones is of the opposite sense, then the whole system is also of the opposite sense.
In finite dimensional spaces only the cones of the two types mentioned above may exist, while in arbitrary infinite dimensional normed spaces the situation is more complicated as shown in the example below.
Example 2.1
In the space \(C^{1}[0,1]\) we take the norm \(\Vert x \Vert:=\sqrt{\int_{0}^{1}x^{2}(t)\,dt}\) and define the functional \(A(x):={d\over dt}x(t)_{t={1\over 2}}=:r \in\Bbb {R}\). That functional is linear and bounded (in fact, for the sequence \(x_{n}(t)={1\over \sqrt{n}}\sin 2\pi nt\), we have \(\Vert x_{n} \Vert ={1\over \sqrt{2n}}\to0\), while \(A(x_{n})=2\pi\sqrt{n}\cos\pi n=2\pi\sqrt{n}(1)^{n}\not\to0\)). Further, we define \(C_{1}:=\operatorname{cl}\{(x,r);r=A(x)\}\), \(C_{2}:=\{\Theta\}\times\Bbb {R}\) closed and convex cones in \(E:=L^{2}(0,1)\times\Bbb {R}\) with the norm \(\Vert(x,r) \Vert_{E}:=\max \{ \Vert x \Vert,r\}\). The cones \(C_{1}\) and \(C_{2}\) are not of the same sense. To prove this, we take \(v_{1}=(x_{1},r_{1})\in C_{1}\), \(v_{2}=(\Theta,r_{2})\in C_{2}\), and an arbitrary constant \(M>0\).
If
then the following inequalities
generally do not hold with some \(M_{1},M_{2}>0\). Actually, since A is an unbounded functional, then there exists \(\tilde{M_{1}}>0\) so that \(r_{1}=A(x_{1})>\tilde{M_{1}}\). Further fix \(M<\tilde{M_{1}}\). Then \(M\geqr_{1}+r_{2}\geq r_{1}r_{2}>\tilde{M_{1}}r_{2}\) and finally \(\Vert v_{2} \Vert_{E}=\tilde{M_{1}}M=:M_{2}>0\), which contradicts the same sense of the cones \(C_{1}\) and \(C_{2}\) are also not of the opposite sense.
In [49, 50] the conditions, under which a system of cones is of the same sense, are given.
Definition 2.9
Let K be a cone in X. The adjoint cone \(K^{*}\) of K is defined as
where \(X^{*}\) denotes the dual space of X.
Definition 2.10
Let Q be a set in X, \(x^{0}\in Q\). A functional \(f\in X^{*}\) is said to be a support functional to the set Q at \(x^{0}\) if \(f(x)\geq f(x^{0})\) \(\forall x\in Q\).
Lemma 2.6
(Tangent directions, see [35])
The theorem of Lyusternik proved below is a powerful tool for the calculation of tangent directions. Before proceeding to a statement of the theorem, we recall the definition of a differentiable operator. Let \(E_{1}\), \(E_{2}\) be Banach spaces, \(P(x)\) be an operator (generally nonlinear) with domain in \(E_{1}\) and range in \(E_{2}\). Then \(P(x)\) is said to be differentiable at a point \(x_{0}\in E_{1}\) if there exists a continuous linear operator A mapping \(E_{1}\) into \(E_{2}\) such that, for all \(h\in E_{1}\),
where \(\Vert r(x_{0}, h) \Vert= O( \Vert h \Vert)\), The operator A is called the Frèchet derivative of the operator \(P(x)\) and often denoted by \(A = P'(x_{0})\). It is clear that if \(E_{2} = R^{1}\) (i.e., \(P(x)\) is a functional), this definition coincides with the derivative of a functional. The derivative of an operator possesses the usual properties of derivatives (rules for differentiation of sums, composite functions, etc.). The derivative of a continuous linear operator coincides with the operator.
Theorem 2.7
(Lyusternik theorem, see [35])
Let P(x) be an operator mapping \(E_{1}\) into \(E_{2}\), differentiable in a neighborhood of a point \(x_{0}\), \(P(x_{0})=0\). Let \(P'(x)\) be continuous in a neighborhood of \(x_{0}\), and suppose that \(P'(x_{0})\) maps \(E_{1}\) onto \(E_{2}\) (i.e., the linear equation \(P'(x_{0})h = b\) has a solution h for any \(b\in E_{2}\)). Then the set of tangent directions K to the set \(Q=\{x: P(x) = 0\}\) at the point \(x_{0}\) is the subspace \(K= \{h: P'(x_{0})h= 0\}\).
The proof of this theorem (which is by no means trivial) may be found in [35].
Generalized Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem
Let X be a Banach space, \(Q_{k}\subset X\), \(\operatorname{int} Q_{k}\neq\emptyset\), \(k=1,\ldots,p\), represent inequality constraints, \(Q_{k}\subset X\), \(\operatorname{int} Q_{k}=\emptyset\), \(k=p+1,\ldots,n\), represent equality constraints, \(I_{i}:=X\to\mathcal{R} \), \(i=1,\ldots,s\), are given functionals \(I=(I_{1},\ldots,I_{s})^{T}\), i.e., \(I:X\to\mathcal{R}^{s}\) is a vector performance index. We are interested in the following problem (see [43, 50]).
Problem (P): Find \(x^{0}\in Q\) such that
where \(Q= \bigcap_{k=1}^{n}Q_{k}\) and \(U(x^{0})\) is some neighborhood of \(x^{0}\).
If we define equality constraints in the operator form
where \(F_{k}:X\to Y_{k}\) are given operators, \(Y_{k}\) are Banach spaces, \(k=p+1,\ldots,n\), then we obtain Problem (P1) instead of Problem (P).
Definition 2.11
A point \(x^{0}\in X\) is called global (local) optimal for Problem (P) or (P1) if \(x^{0}\in Q \) and there is no \(x^{0}\neq x\in Q\) (\(Q\cap U(x^{0})\)) with \(I_{i}(x)\leq I(x^{0})\) for \(i=1,\ldots,s\), with strict inequality for at least one i, \(1\leq i\leq s\).
Theorem 2.8
(Generalized Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem, see [43, 50])
We assume for problem (P) that:

(i)
the cones \(K_{i}\), \(i=1,\ldots,s\), \(D_{j}\), \(j=1,\ldots,s\), \(C_{k}\), \(k=1,\ldots,p\), are open and convex;

(ii)
the cones \(C_{k}\), \(k=p+1,\ldots,n\), are convex and closed;

(iii)
the cone \(\tilde {C}= \bigcap_{k=p+1}^{n}C_{k}\) is contained in the cone tangent to the set \(\bigcap_{k=p+1}^{n}Q_{k}\);

(iv)
the cones \(C_{k}^{*}\), \(k=p+1,\ldots,n\), are either of the same sense or of the opposite sense,

(v)
\(x^{0}\in Q\) is a local optimum for problem (P),
then the following “s” equations (the socalled Euler–Lagrange equations) must hold:
where \(f_{i}\in K_{i}^{*}\), \(f_{j}^{(i)}\in D_{j}^{*}\), \(j=1,\ldots,s\), \(j\neq i \), \(\varphi_{k}^{(i)} \in C_{k}^{*} \), \(k=1,\ldots,n\), with not all functionals equal to zero simultaneously.
Case \(s=1\)
Problems (P) and (P1) for \(s=1\) convert to scalar ones. For them we have the following.
Theorem 2.9
Let us assume for Problem (P) that:

(i)
\(s=1\);

(ii)
\(I:X\to\mathcal{R}\) is convex and continuous;

(iii)
\(Q_{k}\), \(k=1,\ldots,n\) are convex;

(iv)
there exists x̃ so that \(\tilde{x}\in ( \bigcap_{k=1}^{p}\operatorname{int} Q_{k})\cap (\bigcap_{k=p+1}^{n}\operatorname{int} Q_{k})\);

(v)
\(\operatorname{RTC}( \bigcap_{k=p+1}^{n}Q_{k},x^{0})= \bigcap_{k=p+1}^{n}\operatorname{RTC}(Q_{k},x^{0})\);

(vi)
the cones \([\operatorname{RTC}(Q_{k},x^{0})]^{*}\), \(k=p+1,\ldots,n\), are either of the same sense or of the opposite sense,
then \(x^{0}\) is a global optimum for Problem (P) if and only if the Euler–Lagrange equation
holds, where \(f\in[\operatorname{RFC}(I,x^{0})]^{*}\), \(\varphi_{k} \in [\operatorname{RAC}(Q_{k},x^{0})]^{*}\), \(k=1,\ldots,p\), and \(\varphi_{k} \in[\operatorname{RAC}(Q_{k},x^{0})]^{*}\), \(k=p+1,\ldots,n\), and the functionals are not simultaneously equal to zero.
Using Milyutin–Dubovitskii’s theorem, we shall derive the necessary conditions of optimality for differential inclusions with Mittag–Leffler kernel.
Fractional problem for differential inclusions with Mittag–Leffler kernel
For \(y_{0}\in H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)\) and \(f\in L^{2}(0,T; H^{1}(\Omega))\), let us consider the fractional variational inequalities: Find \(y(t)\in {\mathcal {W}}(0,T)\) such that
where \({}^{\mathrm{ABC}}_{\quad 0} D_{t}^{\alpha} y(t)\) is the AB fractional derivatives of \(y:[0,t]\to H^{1}(\Omega)\) in the Caputo sense defined by (2.2).
Definition 3.1
In terms of a subgradient mapping \(\partial \phi:H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)\to H^{1}(\Omega)\), where
where ϕ is a lower semicontinuous convex function \(\phi: H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)\to(\infty,+\infty]\) and
so that \(D(\partial \phi)\subset D(\phi)\).
Inequality (3.1) can be written as follows:
For this operator \(\Delta=\sum_{i=1}^{n}\frac{\partial ^{2} }{\partial x_{i}^{2}}\), we define the bilinear form as follows.
Definition 3.2
We define a bilinear form \(\pi(y,\psi)\) on \(H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)\) by
so that we have \(\pi(y,\psi)=\pi(\psi ,y)\) \(\forall y,\psi \in H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)\), and
Then (3.1) can be written as follows:
In the special case when \(\phi=I_{K}\) is the indicator function of some closed convex subset K of \(H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)\), i.e.,
the variational inequality (3.1) reduces to
which can be written as
Interpretation of problem (3.9). Let ψ be in \(\mathcal{D} (\Omega\times{]0,\infty[})\); if we formally take \(y = z \pm\psi\) in (3.9) (this can be justified by a construction), we obtain
and since ψ depends only on x, we observe that \(({}^{\mathrm{ABC}}_{\quad 0} D_{t}^{\alpha}y(t),\psi )_{L^{2}(\Omega)} = {}^{\mathrm{ABC}}_{\quad 0} D_{t}^{\alpha }(y(t),\psi)_{L^{2}(\Omega)} \).
Therefore, the fractional Cauchy variational problem involving the Atangana–Baleanu fractional derivative with nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel is as follows: Find \(y(t)\), a function of \(]0, T[\), with values in \(H^{1}_{0}(\Omega)\) such that
Proposition 3.1
Let \(f_{i}\in L^{2}(Q)\) such that the Atangana–Baleanu fractional derivative exists. Then the solution of differential equations
is given by
where the constants \(\gamma_{i}\), \(\zeta_{i}\), and \(k_{i}\) are given by
If \(f\in H^{1}(Q)\), then
Proof
We apply the Laplace transform on both sides of equation (3.12)
Note that we can rewrite the derivative as the product of convolution of two functions. Thus, it follows that
Equation (3.16) becomes
Using relation (2.15) with \(\beta=1\), we have
It follows that
where the constants \(\gamma_{i}\) and \(\zeta_{i}\) are given by
Then equation (3.17) becomes
Using (2.15) and applying the inverse Laplace transform, it holds
By applying the inverse Laplace transform on both sides of (3.18), we observe
To complete the proof of (3.14), we use (2.9).
If \(f\in H^{1}(Q)\), then by integration by parts, we get that
This completes the proof of (3.15), we use (2.9). □
Therefore, we have the following existence theorem.
Theorem 3.2
Let \(\alpha\in(0,1)\). Assume \(f\in{L^{2}((0,T);L^{2}(\Omega))} \), \(y_{0}\in L^{2}(\Omega)\). Then problem (3.10) has a unique solution \(y\in L^{2}(0,T;H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)) \cap {\mathcal {C}}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega)) \cap{\mathcal {W}}(0,T)\) given by
where \(\{\omega_{i}\}_{i=1}^{\infty}\) are the orthogonal eigenfunctions corresponding to the eigenvalues \(\{\lambda_{i}\}_{i=1}^{\infty}\) of the operator \((\Delta)\). Moreover, y satisfies the bounded conditions
where
Proof
The proof is divided into two steps. In the first step, assuming the existence of a solution y, we obtain an explicit formula for y in the form of a series obtained by spectral decomposition of the spaces \(H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)\) and \(L^{2}(\Omega)\). In particular, this formula proves the uniqueness of the solution. In a second step, we show that this series converges in spaces \(L^{2}(0,T;H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)) \) and \({\mathcal {C}}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega))\).
Step 1: Suppose that \(y \in L^{2}(0,T;H_{0}^{1}(\Omega))\cap {\mathcal {C}}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega))\). We use the decomposition method in a Hilbert basis of \(L^{2}(\Omega)\). For this purpose, it is very convenient to choose the orthogonal basis \(\{\omega_{i}\}_{i=1}^{\infty}\) of \(L^{2}(\Omega )\) composed of eigenfunctions of −Δ (with zero Dirichlet condition). The eigenfunctions \(\{\omega_{i}\}_{i=1}^{\infty}\) correspond to the strictly positive real eigenvalues \(\{\lambda_{i}\}_{i=1}^{\infty }\), i.e.,
We define
Since \(y \in L^{2}(0,T;H_{0}^{1}(\Omega))\cap{\mathcal {C}}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega))\) and \(f \in L^{2}(0,T;H_{0}^{1}(\Omega))\), we deduce that \(y_{i}(t) \in {\mathcal {C}}(0,T)\) and \(f_{i}(t) \in L^{2}(0,T)\). Using the fact that \(\{\omega_{i}\}_{i=1}^{\infty}\) is an orthogonal basis of \(L^{2}(\Omega)\), we have
By choosing \(\psi = \omega_{i}\) in (3.10), we obtain
Using Proposition 3.1, the solution of this fractional differential equation takes the form
This ends step one and proves the uniqueness of the solution.
Step 2: We will prove that the series \(y(t)= \sum_{i=1}^{+\infty} y_{i}(t) \omega_{i}\) converges in \(y \in L^{2}(0,T;H_{0}^{1}(\Omega))\cap{\mathcal {C}}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega))\). Consider the partial sum of order k of this series
Clearly, \(y^{k}(t)\) belongs to \({\mathcal {C}}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega))\) since each \(y_{i}(t)\) is continuous. Let us show that the sequence \(y^{k}(t)\) is a Cauchy sequence in the space \({\mathcal {C}}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega))\). Let p and q be two natural numbers such that \(p>q\), and using the orthogonality of the eigenfunctions, we have
where
The objective is to estimate each term \(A_{1}\), \(A_{2}\), and \(A_{3}\). Using Lemma 2.3,
Therefore, by taking the square root and the supremum, we have
By integrating over t and dividing by T, we get
As \(y^{0}\in L^{2}(\Omega)\) and \(f \in L^{2}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega))\), we have
We deduce that the sequence \(y^{k}\) satisfies
i.e., the sequence \(y^{k}\) is Cauchy in \({\mathcal {C}}(0,T;L^{2}(\Omega))\).
Let us show that the sequence \(y^{k}\) is also Cauchy in \(L^{2}(0,T;H_{0}^{1}(\Omega))\). For \(p>q\), we have
where
which implies that the sequence \(y^{k}\) satisfies
i.e., the sequence \(y^{k}\) is Cauchy in \(L^{2}(0,T,H^{1}_{0}(\Omega))\).
Furthermore, using the estimates obtained previously of the proof, we have
setting
□
Optimality conditions for fractional differential inclusions
For a control \(u \in L^{2}(Q)\), the state \(y(u)\) of the system is given by the fractional differential inclusions
The performance functional is given by
where \(F:\Omega\times(0,T)\times\Omega\times \Omega\to\Bbb {R}^{1}\) satisfies conditions \((A_{1})\)–\((A_{3})\).
We assume the following constraints on controls:
Control problem: We want to minimize I over \(U_{\mathrm{ad}}\), i.e., find the optimal control v such that
Under the given considerations, we have the following theorem.
Theorem 4.1
The solution of the optimization problem (4.1)–(4.5) exists and is unique under assumptions \((A_{1})\)–\((A_{3})\). The necessary and sufficient conditions of optimality are characterized by the following system of partial differential equations and inequalities.
State equations
Adjoint equations
Maximum condition
where the superscript 0 denotes the optimal element, \(p(u)\) is the adjoint state, and \(F_{u}\) are the Frèchet derivatives of F with respect to u at the point \((y,v)\).
Proof
According to the generalized Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem [35], we approximate the set representing the inequality constraints by a regular admissible cone, the equality constraints by a regular tangent cone, and the performance functional by a regular improvement cone.
Equality constraint. The set \(Q_{1}\) representing the equality constraint has the form
We construct the regular tangent cone of the set \(Q_{1}\) using the Lyusternik theorem (Theorem 9.1 [35]). For this purpose, we define the operator \(P(y,u)\) in the form
The operator \(P(y,u)\) is the mapping from the space
into the space
The Frèchet differential of the operator \(P(y,u)\) can be written in the following form:
Really, \({}^{\mathrm{ABC}}_{\quad0}D_{t}^{\alpha} \) [Theorem 2.8 [35]) and Δ are linear and bounded mappings. Then we can prove that \(P^{\prime}(y^{0},u^{0})\) is the operator onetoone from the space \({\mathcal {W}}\) onto \({\mathcal {Z}}\).
Considering that the assumptions of the Lyusternik theorem are fulfilled, we can write the regular tangent cone for the set \(Q_{1}\) at the point \((y^{0},u^{0})\) in the form
It is easy to notice that it is a subspace. Therefore, using Theorem 10.1 [35]), we know the form of the functional belonging to the adjoint cone:
Control constraints. The set \(Q_{2}=Y\times U_{\mathrm{ad}}\) representing the inequality constraints is closed and convex with nonempty interior in the space E and has the form
Using Theorem 10.5 [35], we find the functional belonging to the adjoint regular admissible cone, i.e.,
We note that the functional \(f_{2}(\tilde{y},\tilde{u})\) can be expressed as follows:
where \(f_{2}^{1}(\tilde{y})=0\) \(\forall(\tilde{y})\in Y\) (Theorem 10.1 [35]), \(f_{2}^{2}(\tilde{u}_{i})\) is the support functional to the set \({\mathcal {U}}_{\mathrm{ad}}\) at the point \(u^{0}\) (Theorem 10.5 [35]).
Performance Functional. Using Theorem 7.5 [35], we find the regular cone of decrease
where \(I^{\prime}(z^{0})\tilde{z}\) is the Frèchet differential of the performance functional.
With assumptions \((A_{1})\), \((A_{2})\), this differential exists and can be written as follows:
On the basis of Theorem 10.2 [35], if \(\operatorname{RFC}(I, z^{0})\neq\emptyset\), then the adjoint cone consists of the elements of the form:
where \(\lambda_{0}\geq0\).
Euler–Lagrange equation. The Euler–Lagrange equation for our optimization problem has the form
Let p be the solution of (4.9)–(4.11) for \(u^{0}\), \(y^{0}\), and denote by ỹ the solution of
for any fixed ũ. Next, taking into account (4.17),(4.18), and (4.20), we can express (4.22) in the form
We transform the component with ỹ of the righthand side of (4.23) introducing the adjoint variable p with the equation [Eq. (4.9)] and using formulas (4.10),(4.15), and (4.16). We obtain
Substituting (4.24) into (4.23), we obtain
A number \(\lambda_{0}\) in (4.25) cannot be equal to zero, because in this case all functionals in the Euler–Lagrange equation would be zero, which is impossible according to the Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem.
Using the definition of the support functional and dividing both sides of the obtained inequalities by \(\lambda_{0}\), we finally get
If \(\operatorname{RFC}(I,(y^{0},u^{0}))=\emptyset\), then optimality conditions (4.6)–(4.12) are fulfilled with equality in the maximum condition (4.12).
In order to prove sufficiency of the derived conditions of optimality, we use the fact that the constraints are convex, the performance functional is continuous and convex, and the Slater condition is satisfied [Theorem 15.2 [35]]. Really, there exists a point \((\tilde{y},\tilde{u})\in\operatorname{int} Q_{2}\) such that \((\tilde{y},\tilde{u})\in Q_{1}\). This fact follows immediately from the existence of a nonempty interior in the set \(Q_{2}\). The uniqueness of the pair \((y^{0},u^{0})\) follows from the strict convexity of the performance functional (4.4) (assumption \((A_{3})\)). This last remark completes the proof. □
Example 4.1
Let \(n\in N^{*}\) and Ω be a bounded open subset of \(R^{n}\) with boundary ∂Ω of class \(C^{2}\). For a time \(T > 0\), we consider the fractional diffusion inequality with Atangana–Baleanu fractional derivative in the Caputo sense (4.1)–(4.3) but we will minimize the cost function
subject to system (4.1)–(4.3), and the optimal control v will be characterized by system (4.1)–(4.3) with the adjoint system
and with the optimality condition
Example 4.2
We can also consider the fractional diffusion inequality with Atangana–Baleanu fractional derivative in the Riemann–Liouville sense:
where \({}_{0}I_{T}^{1\beta (t)}y(0^{+})=\lim_{t\to0^{+}} {}_{0}I_{T}^{1\beta (t)}y(t)\), the control v belongs to \(L^{2}(Q)\). We can minimize the cost function (4.27) subject to system (4.32)–(4.34) and the optimal control v will be characterized by system (4.32)–(4.34) with the adjoint system (4.28)–(4.30) and with the optimality condition (4.31).
Conclusions
The main purpose of this paper was to study the fractional optimal control problems FOCP for variational differential inclusion involving the AB (Atangana–Baleanu) fractional derivative with Mittag–Leffler nonsingular kernel. The existence and uniqueness of solution were proved by using the spectral theory of (−Δ), and the control problem has also been studied. We have shown in the first step that the existence of solution was obtained for all values of the fractional parameter \(\alpha\in(0, 1)\), contrary to the Caputo and Riemann fractionaltime derivative where the existence and uniqueness results were obtained for \(\alpha\in(1/2, 1)\) with \(y_{0}=0\). This reveals one particularity of the fractionaltime derivative with the nonsingular Mittag–Leffler function. Moreover, we have also shown that one can approach the state \(y(v)\) of (1.1)–(1.3) by a desired state \(z_{d}\) by controlling v and compute the control \(u^{0}\) using the algorithm given by the optimality system and following the method of Lagrange. We have used the Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem and applied the fractional integration by parts in order to derive the necessary optimality conditions for this problem. Also controllability of fractional differential inclusions in Banach spaces involving the AB (Atangana–Baleanu) fractional derivative with Mittag–Leffler nonsingular kernel has been investigated. We also studied the same problem by considering the Atangana–Baleanu fractional time derivative in the Riemann–Liouville sense. Our further work will be on the study of controllability for fractional stochastic differential inclusions.
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Bahaa, G.M., Hamiaz, A. Optimality conditions for fractional differential inclusions with nonsingular Mittag–Leffler kernel. Adv Differ Equ 2018, 257 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1366201817068
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Keywords
 Fractional optimal control problems
 Variational inequalities
 Fractional differential systems
 Cauchy problems
 Existence and uniqueness of solutions
 Riemann–Liouville sense
 Caputo derivative
 Atangana–Baleanu fractional derivative
 Mittag–Leffler kernel
 Dubovitskii–Milyutin theorem