Solutions to Time-Fractional Diffusion-Wave Equation in Cylindrical Coordinates
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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 Open image in new window , the Hankel transform with respect to the radial coordinate Open image in new window , the finite Fourier transform with respect to the angular coordinate Open image in new window , and the exponential Fourier transform with respect to the spatial coordinate Open image in new window . Numerical results are illustrated graphically.
KeywordsCauchy 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, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 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 Open image in new window -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, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27]. In this paper, we investigate solutions to (1.1) in an infinite medium in cylindrical coordinates in the case of three spatial coordinates Open image in new window , Open image in new window , and Open image in new window .
2. Statement of the Problem
where Open image in new window is the transform variable.
3. Fundamental Solution to the First Cauchy Problem
The two-dimensional Dirac delta function Open image in new window after passing to the polar coordinates takes the form Open image in new window , but for the sake of simplicity, we have omitted the multiplier Open image in new window in the solution (2.5) as well as Open image in new window in (3.2). In the initial condition (3.2), we have introduced the constant multiplier Open image in new window to obtain the nondimensional quantity Open image in new window (see (3.10)).
where Open image in new window is the Bessel function of the first kind of order Open image in new window , the asterisk indicates the transforms, Open image in new window is the Laplace transform variable, Open image in new window is the Hankel transform variable, Open image in new window is exponential Fourier transform variable, and the integer Open image in new window is finite Fourier transform variable.
4. Fundamental Solution to the Second Cauchy Problem
It is evident that (3.7) is the particular case of (4.4) corresponding to Open image in new window .
5. Fundamental Solution to the Source Problem
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 Open image in new window interpolates the Helmholtz and diffusion equation. In the case Open image in new window , the time-fractional diffusion-wave equation interpolates the standard diffusion equation and the classical wave equation.
For Open image in new window , 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 ( Open image in new window ).
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 Open image in new window at some distance from the point of the delta pulse application ( Open image in new window in Figures 3 and 7) features only humps with no singularity.
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