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Initialization of Fractional Differential Equations: Background and Theory

[+] Author Affiliations
Carl F. Lorenzo

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Tom T. Hartley

University of Akron, Akron, OH

Paper No. DETC2007-34810, pp. 1325-1333; 9 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


It has been known that the initialization of fractional operators requires time-varying functions, a complicating factor. This paper simplifies the process of initialization of fractional differential equations by deriving Laplace transforms for the initialized fractional integral and derivative that generalize those for the integer-order operators. This paper provides background on past work in the area and determines the Laplace transforms for initialized fractional integrals of any order and fractional derivatives of order less than one. A companion paper in this conference extends the theory to higher order derivative operators and provides application insight.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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