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Five semi analytical and numerical simulations for the fractional nonlinear spacetime telegraph equation
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2021, Article number: 227 (2021)
Abstract
The accuracy of analytical obtained solutions of the fractional nonlinear space–time telegraph equation that has been constructed in (Hamed and Khater in J. Math., 2020) is checked through five recent semianalytical and numerical techniques. Adomian decomposition (AD), El Kalla (EK), cubic Bspline (CBS), extended cubic Bspline (ECBS), and exponential cubic Bspline (ExCBS) schemes are used to explain the matching between analytical and approximate solutions, which shows the accuracy of constructed traveling wave solutions. In 1880, Oliver Heaviside derived the considered model to describe the cuttingedge or voltage of an electrified transmission. The matching between solutions has been explained by plotting them in some different sketches.
Introduction
Recently, the nonlinearity has been used in distinct fields such as the neural network [2], infectious disease epidemiology [3], plasma physics [4], thermodynamics [5], optic physics [6], population ecology [7], biology and mechanics of fluids [8, 9]. Defining empirically function and parameters in formulating the nonlinear phenomena in nonlinear evolution equations and systems provides reliable data that explain more about dynamic behavior processes and complicated physical ones [10, 11]. Many physicists and mathematicians have focused their attention on formulating some nonlinear phenomena to demonstrate their characterization of undiscovered models [12–14]. Deriving accurate analytical, semianalytical, approximate techniques has taken more attention of many researchers; consequently, many distinct techniques have been derived, such as [15–20].
Nowadays, based on the integerorder derivative’s failure to show the nonlocal property of the investigated model, many nonlinear phenomena have been formulated in fractional forms [21–23]. Therefore, many fractional derivative operators have been mathematically formulated, such as Atangana–Baleanu fractional operator, the conformal fractional, Caputo fractional, Riemann–Liouville, Caputo–Fabrizio fractional derivative definitions [24–26], to transform the fractional nonlinear partial differential equations to nonlinear ordinary differential ones [27, 28].
In this context, this paper investigates the fractional nonlinear telegraph equation that is used to describe the transmission of the voltage standard [29]. This mathematical model is considered as a primary icon in the electromagnetic waves’ area. The fractional model of this model is given by [30–32]
where b, d are arbitrary constants, while \(\mathcal{D}=\mathcal{D}(x,t)\). Employing the conformable fractional wave transformation with the next form \(\mathcal{Q}(x,t)=\mathcal{S}(\mathfrak{T})\), \(\mathfrak{T}= \frac{a x^{\alpha }}{\alpha }\frac{c t^{\alpha }}{\alpha }\), where a, c are arbitrary constants, converts Eq. (1) into
The structure of the paper for the rest of its sections is ordered as follows: Sect. 2 investigates the approximate solutions of the considered fractional nonlinear model. Section 3 studies our obtained solutions to show the matching between the computational and numerical solutions, which shows the accuracy of our solutions. Moreover, this section aims to show the originality of our solutions by comparing them with other previously obtained solutions. Section 4 gives the conclusion.
Approximate analysis
This section studies the approximate solutions of the fractional nonlinear considered model through five recent numerical schemes. This study depends on the obtained solutions in [1] by implementing the sech tanh expansion (STE), extended sinhGorden expansion (ESGE), and extended simplest equation (ESE) methods. Consequently, our investigation not just aims to find the numerical solutions, but it extends to show the matching between exact and numerical solutions, which explains the accuracy of schemes used in the previous paper [1] and our used schemes.
STE method’s solutions
ESGE method’s solutions
ESE method’s solution
For \(\lambda =0\), \(\alpha _{*} \mu <0\), we obtain
Using the abovementioned obtained solutions in [1] gives the initial and boundary conditions which are requested for applying the suggested schemes as follows.
The AD method
Applying the AD method Eq. (2) for evaluating the semianalytical solutions gives
Hence, the approximate solution of the considered model is given by
Calculating the computational, semianalytical, and absolute errors with different values of \(\mathfrak{T}\) gives Table 1.
The EK method
Using the EK method for finding the semianalytical solutions of Eq. (2) gives
Hence, the approximate solution of the considered model is given by
Calculating the computational, semianalytical, and absolute errors with different values of \(\mathfrak{T}\) gives Table 2.
The Bspline methods
Implementing the Bspline family schemes for finding the numerical solutions of Eq. (2) leads to the following shown values of exact, numerical, and absolute values of error for the considered model. Tables 3, 4, and 5 show the results obtained by employing the CBS, ECBS, and ExCBS schemes, respectively.
Results and discussion
This section shows our solutions and discusses the tables and figures in our paper.

The numerical solutions of the fractional nonlinear telegraph equation are investigated through five recent schemes based on the obtained analytical solutions in [1]. The analytical results have been used to construct the requested conditions required for applying these numerical schemes.

The aboveshown Tables 1–5 and Figs. 1–5 offer the matching between exact and numerical solutions, which shows the accuracy of used analytical and numerical techniques. Additionally, all these tables and figures demonstrate the superiority of the ESE method over the other used analytical schemes in [1]. Moreover, they show the CBS method’s power as it gives the most accurate solutions over the aboveused numerical schemes 6.

Comparing our obtained numerical results with those obtained in [33], which used the trigonometric quintic Bspline scheme to investigate the numerical solutions of the same model, shows the accuracy of our solutions, which coincide with their solutions, where both of us offer the accuracy of the ESE computational method over other used computational schemes in [1].
Conclusion
This manuscript has investigated numerical solutions of the fractional nonlinear telegraph equation by employing five numerical techniques. Abundant numerical results have been obtained, while matching exact and numerical solutions has been explained by some distinct figures in two dimensions. The superiority of the ESE analytical and CBS numerical schemes has been demonstrated. The originality of our paper has been explained by comparing our solutions with previously constructed solutions.
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The authors are thankful to the Taif University. Taif University researchers are supported by project number (TURSP2020/160), Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.
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Khater, M.M.A., Park, C., Lee, J.R. et al. Five semi analytical and numerical simulations for the fractional nonlinear spacetime telegraph equation. Adv Differ Equ 2021, 227 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13662021033879
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Keywords
 Fractional nonlinear space–time telegraph equation
 Approximate solutions