** Applied Mathematics** Vol.5 No.6(2014), Article ID:44491,10 pages DOI:10.4236/am.2014.56081

Application of the Homotopy Perturbation Method to Nonlinear Heat Conduction and Fractional Van der Pol Damped Nonlinear Oscillator

T. A. Nofel

Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

Email: nofal_ta@yahoo.com

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Received 7 December 2013; revised 7 January 2014; accepted 14 January 2014

ABSTRACT

In this paper, a powerful analytical method, called He’s homotopy perturbation method is applied to obtaining the approximate periodic solutions for some nonlinear differential equations in mathematical physics via Van der Pol damped non-linear oscillators and heat transfer. Illustrative examples reveal that this method is very effective and convenient for solving nonlinear differential equations. Comparison of the obtained results with those of the exact solution, reveals that homotopy perturbation method leads to accurate solutions.

**Keywords:**Nonlinear Oscillators, Homotopy Perturbation Method, Fractional Van der Pol Damped Nonlinear Oscillator, Heat Transfer

1. Introduction

In recent years, the application of the homotopy perturbation method in non-linear problems has been developed by scientists and engineers, because this method continuously deforms the difficult problem under study into a simple problem which is easier to solve. The homotopy perturbation method was proposed first by He in 1998 [1] and was developed and improved by He [2] -[5] . Homotopy, is an important part of differential topology. Actually the homotopy perturbation method is a coupling of the traditional perturbation method and the homotopy method in topology [6] . The study of nonlinear problems is of crucial importance not only in all areas of physics but also in engineering and other disciplines, since most phenomena in our world are essentially nonlinear and are described by nonlinear equations. It is very difficult to solve nonlinear problems and, in general, it is often more difficult to get an analytic approximation than a numerical one for a given nonlinear problem.

Recently, several methods have been used to find approximate solutions to nonlinear problems, such as, the homotopy perturbation method [2] -[7] , the variational iteration method [8] -[10] , and the energy balance method [11] -[14] .

In this paper, we present a new application of He’s homotopy perturbation method. The paper is organized as follows: In Section 2, we present a brief summary about the homotopy perturbation method. Some applications are then discussed in Section 3. A comparison between the analytical solution obtained and numerical solution by Runge-Kutta method has been discussed and displayed graphically in Section 4. Finally, conclusions are drawn in Section 5.

Variation, which; is called a correct function. The solution of the linear problems can be solved in a single iteration step due to the exact identification of the Lagrange multiplier. The principles of the variational iteration method and its applicability for various kinds of differential equations are given in [8] [15] -[19] . In this method, it is required first to determine the Lagrange multiplier optimally. The successive approximation of the solution u will be readily obtained upon using the determined Lagrange multiplier and any selective function, consequently, the solution is given by.

2. Basic Idea of He’s Homotopy Perturbation Method

The homotopy pertirabation method is one of the important methods to find the approximate solutions for nonlinear partial differential equations in mathematical physics. The homotopy perturbation method, which was originally proposed by J. H. He [2] -[5] in 1999, has been proved by many authors to be a powerful mathematical tool for solving various kinds of problems [2] -[5] . This method introduces an efficient approach for a wide variety of scientific and enginering applications. We should point out that this method can give the approximte or exact solutions without the computation of the Adomian polynomial, discretization, linearization, transformation or perturbation. To illustrate, consider the following nonlinear differential equation [2] -[5] :

(1)

with the boundary conditions of the following form:

(2)

where is a general differential operator, a boundary operator, a known analytical function and the boundary of the domain. Generally speaking, the operator can be divided into two parts which are and, where is linear, but is nonlinear . Equation (1) can therefore be rewritten as follows :

(3)

By the homotopy technique, we construct a homotopy which satisfies

(4)

(5)

where is an embedding parameter, is an initial approximation of Equation (1), which satisfies the boundary conditions (2). Obviously, from Equations (4) and (5) we have

(6)

(7)

The changing process of from zero to unity is just that of from to In Topology, this is called deformation, and and are called homotopy. According to the homotopy perturbation method, we can first use the embedding parameter “p” as a small parameter, and assume that the solution of Equations (4) and (5) can be written as a power series in “p” as follows:

(8)

On setting results in the approximate solution of Equation (3), we have:

(9)

The combination of the perturbation method and the homotopy method is called the homotopy perturbation method. This method has eliminated the limitations of the traditional perturbation methods, while keeping their advantages. The series (9) is convergent in most cases. However, the convergence rate depends on the nonlinear operator (the following opinions are suggested by He [2] -[5] ):

1) The second derivative of with respect to must be small because the parameter may be relatively large, i.e.,

2) The norm of must be smaller than 1 so that the series converges.

Consequently, the construction of the homotopy plays an important role in solving a nonlinear problem with He’s homotopy perturbation method, and therefore is problem dependent.

3. Applications

In order to assess the accuracy of the homotopy perturbation method (HPM) for solving nonlinear equations and to compare the solution it gives with the exact solution, we will consider the following examples.

3.1. Example 1: Classical Fractional Van der Pol Oscillator

The classical fractional Van der Pol damped nonlinear oscillator can be represented by the following nonlinear equation [14] [15]

(10)

Rewrite Equation (10) in the following form

(11)

From Equation (11), one can establish the following homotopy

(12)

where is an imbedding parameter. As in He’s homotopy perturbation method [2] -[4] , it is obvious that when, Equation (12) becomes a linear differential equation for which an exact solution can be calculated; for, Equation (12) then becomes the original problem. Now the homotopy parameter is used to expand the solution as follows:

(13)

Setting leads to the approximate solution of the problem:

(14)

Substituting Equation (13) into Equation (12) and equating the terms with the identical powers of

(15)

(16)

Solving Equation (15), we have [16]

(17)

The Fourier series for has been calculated and is given by [17] .

(18)

where,

Substituiting from Equations (17) and (18) into Equation (16), we get

(19)

Eliminating the secular term, we get

(20)

From the above equation, we can easily find that

(21)

which is the same with that obtained by the iteration procedure (see Equation (40) in [14] and Equation (23) in [15] ). Hence, the approximate periodic solution takes the form:

(22)

To illustrate and verify the accuracy of this method, we may compare the approximate periodic solution and the exact periodic solution. The exact solution for the classical fractional Van der Pol damped nonlinear oscillator is as follows [18] :

(23)

where

(24)

We make a comparasion between the exact solution (23) and the approximate solution (22) when, as shown in Table 1.

In Figure 1 we present a variety of comparisons between the approximate and exact solution for Equation (10). For,. It can be observed that Equation (22) provides an excellent approximation to the exact periodic solution in Equation (23).

From Figure 1 and Table 1, the approximate solutions have the same behavior as the exact solution so that the approximate solutions is rapidly convergent to the exact solution.

3.2. Example 2: Rayleigh Equation

The special case of the fractional Van der Pol damped nonlinear oscillator [19] or the Rayleigh equation [20] can be represented by

Table 1. Comparison between the approximate solution (22) and the exact solution (23) for Equation (17).

Figure 1. Comparison of the approximate periodic solution with the exact solution for an initial condition of and in Example 1.

(25)

Equation (25) can be written in the form

(26)

Therefore, we can establish the following homotopy

(27)

Proceeding in the same way as example 1, substituting from Equation (13) into Equation (27) and equating the terms with the identical powers of

(28)

(29)

The solution for is given by

(30)

Substituting from Equation (30) into Equation (29) we have

(31)

Eliminating the secular terms, we obtain

(32)

From the above equation, we can easily find that

(33)

Hence, the approximate periodic solution can be readily obtained:

(34)

To write the exact periodic solution we used its values from [17] , and for approximate values we used Equation (34). In fact the exact periodic solution can be obtained from the following complicated relation, as given in [18]

(35)

where

(36)

We now draw a comparasion between the exact and approximate solutions when, as shown in Table 2.

Figure 2 shows the comparison between the approximate periodic solution obtained from formula (34) and the exact periodic solution obtained from formula (35) see [18] . It is shown that the approximate periodic solution is nearly identical with that given by the exact periodic solution.

From Figure 2 and Table 2, the approximate solution has the same behavior as the exact solution so that the approximate solution is rapidly convergent to the exact solution.

Table 2. Comparison between the approximate and exact solutions for Equation (25). For, .

Figure 2. Comparison of the approximate periodic solution with the exact solution for an initial condition of and in Example 2.

3.3. Example 3: Cooling of a Lumped System by Combined Convection and Radiation

Most scientific problems such as heat transfer are inherently nonlinear. We know that except for a limited number of problems, most of the problems do not have an analytical solution. Therefore, these nonlinear equations should be solved using other methods. Some of them are solved using numerical techniques and some are solved using the analytical method of perturbation. In this example we will consider the problem of combined convective-radiative cooling of a lumped system [21] . Let the system have volume, surface area, density, specific heat, emissivity and the initial temperature. At, the system is exposed to an environment with convective heat transfer with the coefficient of and the temperature. The system also loses heat through radiation and the effective sink temperature is. The cooling equation and the initial conditions are as follows:

(37)

(38)

To solve Equation (37), we introduce the following changes of parameters:

(39)

After parameter change, the heat transfer equation will result in the following:

(40)

(41)

For simplicity, we assume the case. So we have

(42)

(43)

For Equation (42) we can establish the following homotopy

(44)

(45)

Proceeding as before. The homotopy parameter is used to expand the solution as follow

(46)

Setting leads to the approximate solution of the problem:

(47)

By the homotopy perturbation method, we can obtain a series of linear equations, and we write only the first three linear equations by substituting Equation (46) into Equation (40) and equating the terms with the identical powers of

(48)

(49)

(50)

Consequently, solving the above equations, the first few components of the homotopy perturbation solution for (48)-(50) are derived as follows:

(51)

(52)

(53)

So will generally equal when the following expression:

(54)

The exact solution of Equation is obtained by Aziz [21] in the following form:

(55)

We make a comparison between the exact and approximate solutions when as shown in Table 3.

Applying the Runge-Kutta technique, the numerical solution of Equation (42) is calculated and plotted in Figure 3. The difference between the analytical and numerical results is negligible.

Table 3. Comparison between the approximate and exact solutions for Equation (16) when.

Figure 3. Comparison of the approximate periodic solution with the exact solution for in Example 3.

From Figure 3 and Table 3 the approximate solution has the same behavior as the exact solution so that the approximate solution is rapidly convergent to the exact solution.

4. Conclusion

In this paper, the homotopy perturbation method has been successfully used to study nonlinear oscillator problems. He’s homotopy perturbation method which is proved to be a powerful mathematical tool for the study of nonlinear oscillators, can be easily extended to any nonlinear oscillator problem. The solutions obtained are in good agreement with exact values. Finally, we have found out that the homotopy perturbation method leads to more acceptable results even for large.

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