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Existence, Uniqueness and Approximate Solutions of Fuzzy Fractional Differential Equations

By Atimad Harir, Said Melliani and Lalla Saadia Chadli

Reviewed: September 11th 2020Published: November 12th 2020

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.94000

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In this paper, the Cauchy problem of fuzzy fractional differential equations Tγut=Ftut, ut0=u0, with fuzzy conformable fractional derivative (γ-differentiability, where γ∈01) are introduced. We study the existence and uniqueness of solutions and approximate solutions for the fuzzy-valued mappings of a real variable, we prove some results by applying the embedding theorem, and the properties of the fuzzy solution are investigated and developed. Also, we show the relation between a solution and its approximate solutions to the fuzzy fractional differential equations of order γ.


  • fuzzy conformable fractional derivative
  • fuzzy fractional differential equations
  • existence and uniqueness of solution
  • approximate solutions
  • Cauchy problem of fuzzy fractional differential equations

1. Introduction

In this paper, we will study Fuzzy solutions to


where subject to initial condition u0for fuzzy numbers, by the use of the concept of conformable fractional H-differentiability, we study the Cauchy problem of fuzzy fractional differential equations for the fuzzy valued mappings of a real variable. Several import-extant results are obtained by applying the embedding theorem in [1] which is a generalization of the classical embedding results [2, 3].

In Section 2 we recall some basic results on fuzzy number. In Section 3 we introduce some basic results on the conformable fractional differentiability [4, 5] and conformable integrability [5, 6] for the fuzzy set-valued mapping in [7]. In Section 4 we show the relation between a solution and its approximate solution to the Cauchy problem of the fuzzy fractional differential equation, and furthermore, and we prove the existence and uniqueness theorem for a solution to the Cauchy problem of the fuzzy fractional differential equation.


2. Preliminaries

We now recall some definitions needed in throughout the paper. Let us denote by RFthe class of fuzzy subsets of the real axis u:R01satisfying the following properties:

  1. uis normal: there exists x0Rwith ux0=1,

  2. uis convex fuzzy set: for all x,tRand 0<λ1, it holds that


  • uis upper semicontinuous: for any x0R, it holds that


  • u0=clxRux>0is compact.

  • Then RFis called the space of fuzzy numbers see [8]. Obviously, RRF. If uis a fuzzy set, we define uα=xRuxαthe α-level (cut) sets of u, with 0<α1. Also, if uRFthen α-cut of udenoted by uα=u1αu2α.

    Lemma 1see [9] Letu,v:RF01be the fuzzy sets. Thenu=vif and only ifuα=vαfor allα01.

    For u,vRFand λRthe sum u+vand the product λuare defined by


    α01. Additionally if we denote 0̂=χ0, then 0̂RFis a neutral element with respert to +.

    Let d:RF×RFR+0by the following equation:


    where dHis the Hausdorff metric defined as:


    The following properties are well-known see [10]:


    and RFdis a complete metric space.

    Definition 1The mapping u:0aRFfor some interval 0ais called a fuzzy process. Therefore, its α-level set can be written as follows:


    Theorem 1.1[11] Let u:0aRFbe Seikkala differentiable and denoteutα=u1αtu2αt. Then, the boundary functionu1αtandu2αtare differentiable and


    Definition 2[12] Let u:0aRF. The fuzzy integral, denoted by bcutdt,b,c0a, is defined levelwise by the following equation:


    for all 0α1. In [12], if u:0aRFis continuous, it is fuzzy integrable.

    Theorem 1.2[13] If uRF, then the following properties hold:

    1. uα2uα1,if0α1α21;E14

  • αk01is a nondecreasing sequence which converges toαthen

  • uα=k1uαk.E15

    Conversely if Aα={u1αu2α;α(0,1]}is a family of closed real intervals verifyingiandii, thenAαdefined a fuzzy numberuRFsuch thatuα=Aα.

    From [1], we have the following theorems:

    Theorem 1.3There exists a real Banach space Xsuch thatRFcan be the embedding as a convex coneCwith vertex0into X. Furthermore, the following conditions hold:

    1. the embedding jis isometric,

    2. addition in Xinduces addition in RF, i.e, for any u,vRF,

    3. multiplication by a nonnegative real number in Xinduces the corresponding operation in RF, i.e., for any uRF,

    4. C-C is dense in X,

    5. Cis closed.


    3. Fuzzy conformable fractional differentiability and integral

    Definition 3[4] LetF:0aRFbe a fuzzy function.γthorder “fuzzy conformable fractional derivative” ofFis defined by


    for allt>0,γ01. LetFγtstands forTγFt. Hence


    IfFisγ- differentiable in some0a, andlimt0+Fγtexists, then


    and the limits(in the metric d).

    Remark 1 From the definition, it directly follows that ifFisγ-differentiable then the multivalued mappingFαisγ-differentiable for allα01and


    where TγFαis denoted from the conformable fractional derivative of Fαof order γ. The converse result does not hold, since the existence of Hukuhara difference uαvα,α01does not imply the existence of H-difference uv.

    Theorem 1.4 [4] Let γ01.

    If Fis differentiable and Fis γ-differentiable then


    Theorem 1.5[5, 14] If F:0aRFis γ-differentiable then it is continuous.

    Remark 2 If F:0aRFis γ-differentiable and Fγfor all γ01is continuous, then we denote FC10aRF.

    Theorem 1.6[5, 14] Let γ01and if F,G:0aRFare γ-differentiable and λRthen


    Definition 4[5] LetFC0aRFL10aRF,Define the fuzzy fractional.

    integral fora0andγ01.


    where the integral is the usual Riemann improper integral.

    Theorem 1.7[5] TγIγaFt, for ta, where Fis any continuous function in the domain of Iγa.

    Theorem 1.8[5] Let γ01and Fbe γ-differentiable in 0aand assume that the conformable derivative Fγis integrable over 0a. Then for each s0awe have


    4. Existence and uniqueness solution to fuzzy fractional differential equations

    In this section we state the main results of the paper, i.e. we will concern ourselves with the question of the existence theorem of approximate solutions by using the embedding results on fuzzy number space RFdand we prove the uniqueness theorem of solution for the Cauchy problem of fuzzy fractional differential equations of order γ01.

    4.1 Solution and its approximate solutions

    Assume that F:0a×RFRFis continuous C0a×RFRF. Consider the fractional initial value problem


    where u0RFand γ01.

    From Theorems (1.5), (1.7) and (1.8), it immediately follows:

    Theorem 1.9A mapping u:0aRFis a solution to the problem (24) if and only if it is continuous and satisfies the integral equation


    for all t0aand γ01.

    In the following we give the relation between a solution and its approximate solutions.

    We denote Δ0=t0t0+θ×Bu0μwhere θ,μbe two positive real numbers u0RF,Bu0μ=xRFduu0μ.

    Theorem 1.10Let γ01and FCΔ0RF,η0θ, unC1t0t0+ηB(u0μ)such that


    where εn>0,εn0, BntCt0t0+ηX, and js the isometric embedding from RFdonto its range in the Banach space X. For each tt0t0+ηthere exists an β>0such that the H-differences unt+εt1γuntand untuntεt1γexist for all 0ε<βand n=1,2,.If we have


    uniform convergence (u.c) for all tt0t0+η,n, then uC1t0t0+ηB(u0μ)and


    Proof:By (27) we know that utCt0t0+ηB(u0μ). For fixed t1t0t0+ηand any tt0t0+η,t>t1,denote ε=ht1γ1and γ01


    It is well know that


    From FC1Δ0RF,is know that for any ε>0, there exists β1>0such that


    whenever t1<t<t1+β1and dvut1<β1with vBu0μTake natural number N>0such hat


    Take β>0such that β<β1and


    whenever t1<t<t1+β.

    By the definition of Gtnand (26), we have γ01


    We choose ψXsuch that ψ=1and for all γ01


    Let t11γφt=t11γψjunttt1t11γjunt1,consequently




    where t1t̂t.In view of (39), we have


    From (36) and (37) we know that




    Hence by (35) and (48) we have for all γ01.


    whenever n>Nand t1<t<t1+β.

    Let n,and applying (34), we have


    On the other hand, from the assumption of Theorem (1.9), there exists an βt10βsuch that the H-differences untunt1exist for all tt1t1+βt1and n=1,2,.

    Now let vnt=untunt1we verify that the fuzzy number-valued sequence vntuniformly converges on t1t1+βt1. In fact, from the assumption duntut0u.c. for all tt0t0+η, we know


    Since RFdis complete, there exists a fuzzy number-valued mapping vtsuch that vntu.c to vton t1t1+βt1as n.

    In addition, we have

    + dut1+vntunt1+vnt+duntutE67

    Let n.It follows that


    Hence the H-difference utut1exist for all tt1t1+βt1.

    Thus from (59) we have for all γ01.


    So, limε0+ut1+t11γεut1/ε=Ft1ut1.Similarty, we have


    Hence uγt1exists and


    from t1t0t0+ηis arbitrary, we know that Eq. (28) holds true and uC1t0t0+ηB(u0μ).The proof is concluded.

    Lemma 2For all tt0t0+η, n=1,2,and γ01.

    If we replace Eq. (26) by


    retain other assumptions, then the conclusions also hold true.

    Proof:This is completely similar to the proof of Theorem (1.10), hence itis omitted here.

    4.2 Uniqueness solution

    In this section, by using existence theorom of approximate solutions, and the embedding results on fuzzy number space RFd, we give the existence and uniqueness theorem for the Cauchy problem of the fuzzy fractional differential equations of order γ.

    Theorem 1.11

    1. Let FCΔ0RFand dFtu0̂σfor all tuΔ0.

    2. GCt0t0+θ×[0μ]R,Gt00,and 0Gtyσ1,for all tt0t0+θ,0yμsuch that Gtyis noncreasing on ythe fractional initial value problem


    has only the solution yt0on t0t0+θ.

  • dFtuF(tv)Gtduvfor all tu,tvΔ0,and duvμ.

  • Then the Cauchy problem (28) has unique solution uC1t0t0+ηB(u0μ)on t0t0+η,where η=minθμ/σμ/σ1,and the successive iterations


    uniformly converge to uton t0t0+η.

    Proof:In the proof of Theorem 4.1 in [15], taking the conformable derivative uγfor all γ01, using theorem (1.4) and properties (9), then we obtain the proof of Theorem (1.11).

    Example 1Let L>0is a constant, taking Gty=Lyin the proof of Theorem (4.2), then obtain the proof of Corollary 4.1 in [15] where σ1=, hence η=minθμ/σ1/L. Then the Cauchy problem (28) has unique solution uC1t0t0+ηB(Δ0μ), and the successive iterations (74) uniformly converge to uton t0t0+η.


    5. Conclusion

    In this work, we introduce the concept of conformable differentiability for fuzzy mappings, enlarging the class of γ-differentiable fuzzy mappings where γ01. Subsequently, by using the γ-differentiable and embedding theorem, we study the Cauchy problem of fuzzy fractional differential equations for the fuzzy valued mappings of a real variable. The advantage of the γ-differentiability being also practically applicable, and we can calculate by this derivative the product of two functions because all fractional derivatives do not satisfy see [4].

    On the other hand, we show and prove the relation between a solution and its approximate solutions to the Cauchy problem of the fuzzy fractional differential equation, and the existence and uniqueness theorem for a solution to the problem (1) are proved.

    For further research, we propose to extend the results of the present paper and to combine them the results in citeref for fuzzy conformable fractional differential equations.


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    The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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    Atimad Harir, Said Melliani and Lalla Saadia Chadli (November 12th 2020). Existence, Uniqueness and Approximate Solutions of Fuzzy Fractional Differential Equations, Fuzzy Systems - Theory and Applications, Constantin Volosencu, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.94000. Available from:

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