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# On a discussion of Volterra–Fredholm integral equation with discontinuous kernel

*Journal of the Egyptian Mathematical Society*
**volume 28**, Article number: 11 (2020)

## Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to establish the general solution of a Volterra–Fredholm integral equation with discontinuous kernel in a Banach space. Banach’s fixed point theorem is used to prove the existence and uniqueness of the solution. By using separation of variables method, the problem is reduced to Volterra integral equations of the second kind with continuous kernel. Normality and continuity of the integral operator are also discussed.

## Introduction

It is well known that the integral equations govern many mathematical models of various phenomena in physics, economy, biology, engineering, and even in mathematics and other fields of science. The illustrative examples of such models can be found in the literature (see, e.g., [1–8]). Many problems of mathematical physics, applied mathematics, and engineering are reduced to Volterra–Fredholm integral equations, see [9–12].

Analytical solutions of integral equations either do not exist or are hard to compute [13, 14]. Eventually, an exact solution is computable, the required calculations may be tedious, or the resulting solution may be difficult to interpret. Due to this, it is required to obtain an efficient numerical solution [15]. There are numerous studies in literature concerning the numerical solution of integral equations such as [16–22].

The basic motivation of this paper is to present a new class of integral equations arising from mathematical physics; the existence and uniqueness solution of Eq. (1) are discussed and proved in the space *L*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*], 0≤*T*<1. Moreover, the normality and continuity of the integral operator are obtained. A numerical method is used to translate the Volterra–Fredholm integral Eq. (1) to Volterra integral equations of the second kind with the continuous kernel, the ideas are interesting, and this area caught the attention of many researchers, having so many applications.

The outline of the paper is as follows: The “Introduction” section is the introduction. In “The existence of a unique solution of the Volterra–Fredholm integral equation” section, the existence of a unique solution of the Volterra–Fredholm integral equation is discussed and proved using Picard’s method and Banach’s fixed point method. The “Separation of variables method” section includes the general solution of the Volterra–Fredholm integral equation by applying the method of separation of variables. A brief conclusion is presented in the “Conclusion and remarks” section.

Consider the following linear Volterra–Fredholm integral equation:

where *μ* is a constant which defined the kind of integral equation, and *λ* is the constant which may be complex and has many physical meanings. The function *ψ*(*x*,*t*) is unknown in the Banach space *L*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*], 0≤*T*<1 [23–25], where *Ω* is the domain of integration with respect to position and the time *t*∈[0,*T*] and is called the potential function of the Volterra–Fredholm integral equation. The kernel of time *Φ*(*t*,*τ*) is continuous in *C*[0,*T*], and the known function *g*(*x*,*t*) is continuous in the space *L*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*], 0≤*t*≤*T*. In addition, the kernel of position *k*(|*x*−*y*|) is a discontinuous function.

## The existence of a unique solution of the Volterra–Fredholm integral equation

In this paper, for discussing the existence and uniqueness of the solution of Eq. (1), we assume the following conditions: (i) The kernel of position *k*(|*x*−*y*|)∈*L*_{2}(*Ω*), *x*,*y*∈[*Ω*] satisfies the discontinuity condition

(ii) The kernel of time *Φ*(*t*,*τ*)∈*C*[0,*T*] satisfies |*Φ*(*t*,*τ*)|≤*M*, such that *M* is a constant, ∀*t*,*τ*∈[0,*T*]. (iii) The given function *g*(*x*,*t*) with its partial derivatives with respect to the position and time is continuous in the space *L*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*], 0≤*τ*≤*T*<1, and its norm is defined by:

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**Theorem 1**

If the conditions (i)–(iii) are satisfied, then Eq. (1) has a unique solution *ψ*(*x*,*t*) in the Banach space *L*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*], 0≤*T*<1, under the condition:

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*Proof*

To prove the existence of a unique solution of Eq. (1), we use the successive approximations method (*Picard’s method*), or we can used Banach’s fixed point theorem. □

### Picard’s method

We assume the solution of Eq. (1) takes the form:

where

where the functions *H*_{i}(*x*,*t*), *i*=0,1,…,*n* are continuous functions of the form:

Now, we should prove the following lemmas:

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**Lemma 1**

Under the conditions (i)–(iii), the series \(\sum _{i=0}^{n}H_{i}(x,t)\) is uniformly convergent to a continuous solution function *ψ*(*x*,*t*).

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*Proof*

We construct the sequences: □

Then, we get:

From Eq. (2), we have:

Using the properties of the norm, we obtain:

For *n*=1, the formula (3) yields:

By applying the Cauchy–Schwarz inequality and using the condition (ii), we get:

Using the conditions (i) and (iii), we have:

By induction, we get:

Since

this leads us to say that the sequence *ψ*_{n}(*x*,*t*) has a convergent solution. So that, for *n*→*∞*, we have:

The above formula represents an infinite convergence series.

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**Lemma 2**

If the conditions (i)–(iii) are satisfied, the function *ψ*(*x*,*t*) of the series (4) represents a unique solution of Eq. (1).

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*Proof*

To show that *ψ*(*x*,*t*) is the only solution of Eq. (1), we assume the existence of another solution *φ*(*x*,*t*) of Eq. (1), and then, we obtain: □

which leads us to the following:

By applying the Cauchy–Schwarz inequality and using the conditions (i) and (ii), we get:

The formula (5) can be adapted as:

Since *β*<1, so that *ψ*(*x*,*t*)=*φ*(*x*,*t*), that is the solution is unique.

### Banach’s fixed point theorem

When Picard’s method fails to prove the existence of a unique solution for the homogeneous integral equations or for the integral equations of the first kind, we must use Banach’s fixed point theorem. For this, we write the formula (1) in the integral operator form:

To prove the existence of a unique solution of Eq. (1), using Banach’s fixed point theorem, we must prove the normality and continuity of the integral operator (6).

(a) For the normality, we use Eq. (6) to get:

Using the condition (ii), then applying the Cauchy–Schwarz inequality, we get:

Using the condition (i), we obtain:

since

where

Therefore, the integral operator *U* has a normality, which leads immediately after using the condition (iii) to the normality of the operator \(\overline {U}\).

(b) For the continuity, we suppose the two potential functions *ψ*_{1}(*x*,*t*) and *ψ*_{2}(*x*,*t*) in the space *L*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*] are satisfied in Eq. (6), then:

Using Eq. (7), we get:

Using the condition (ii) and applying the Cauchy–Schwarz inequality, we get:

By using the condition (i), the last inequality becomes:

Hence, we have:

with

Inequality (8) leads us to the continuity of the integral operator \(\overline {U}\). So that, \(\overline {U}\) is a contraction operator. Therefore, by Banach’s fixed point theorem, there is an unique fixed point *ψ*(*x*,*t*), which is the solution of the linear mixed integral Eq. (1).

## Separation of variables method

To obtain the general solution of Eq. (1), we do the following:

For *t*=0, the formula (1) becomes:

Then, seek the solution of Eq. (1) in the form:

In this aim, we write:

where *ψ*_{0}(*x*,*t*), *ψ*_{1}(*x*,*t*) are called, respectively, the complementary and particular solution of (1). Using Eq. (10) in Eq. (1), we get:

Also, for Eq. (9), we have:

where,

From Eqs. (11) and (12), we get:

Now, we can represent the solution of (10) in the series form:

where *ψ*_{2n}(*x*), *ψ*_{2n−1}(*x*) are the even and odd functions, respectively.

Using Eq. (14) in Eq. (13), we obtain:

Taking *k*=0, in Eq. (13), yields:

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**Theorem 2**

(see *[*26*,*27*]*). For a symmetric and positive kernel of Fredholm integral term of Eq. (1), the integral operator,

through the time interval 0≤*t*≤*T*<1 is compact and self–adjoint operator. So, we may write (*K**ψ*_{n})(*x*)=*α*_{n}*ψ*_{n}(*x*), where *α*_{n} and *ψ*_{n}(*x*) are the eigenvalues and the eigenfunctions of the integral operator, respectively.

In view of Theorem 2 and Eq. (16), we arrive to the following:

Separating the odd and even terms, we obtain:

and

Equations (17) and (18) give the same results for even and odd functions, so it is suffice to study the following equation:

where \(c_{n}^{(0)}(0)\) is the constant which will be determined.

Also, taking *k*=1 in formula (15), we obtain:

Using Theorem 2 in Eq. (20), to have:

where,

the formula (21) can be separated to the following equations:

Equations (19) and (22) represent the Volterra integral equations of the second kind that have the same continuous kernel *Φ*(*t*,*τ*)∈*C*([0,*T*]×[0,*T*]), and each of them has a unique solution in the class *C*[0,*T*]; the books edited by Linz [28] and Burton [29] contain many different methods to solve the integral Eqs. (19) and (22).

The values of \(c_{n}^{(0)}(0),\;c_{2n}^{(1)}(0)\), and \(c_{2n-1}^{(1)}(0)\) can be obtained, we return to Eq. (9), and we seek the solution of this equation in the form:

Hence, in this respect, we write:

where *ψ*_{0}(*x*,*t*) is a complementary solution while *ψ*_{1}(*x*,*t*) is a particular solution. So, from Eq. (9), we write:

and expand the solution of Eq. (23) in the form:

Using Eq. (25) in Eq. (24), we obtain:

If we take *k*=0 in Eq. (26), we obtain:

Equating the odd and even terms in both sides, we get:

Then, we have:

Taking *k*=1 in Eq. (26), we have:

Equating both sides of the last equation, we get:

so the last two formulas give us:

In view of Eqs. (19) and (22), the general solution of (1) can be adapted in the form:

where \(c_{n}^{(0)}(t)\) and \(c_{n}^{(1)}(t)\) must satisfy the inequality:

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**Theorem 3**

If, for *t*∈[0,*T*], the inequality (28) holds, the series (27) is uniformly convergent in the space *ℓ*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*], *N*→*∞*. Hence, the solution of the Volterra–Fredholm integral Eq. (1) can be obtained in a series form of (27).

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**Theorem 4**

For the given functions *g*(*x*,*t*)∈*L*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*], *Φ*(*t*,*τ*)∈*C*([0,*T*]×[0,*T*]), *k*(*x*,*y*)∈*C*([*Ω*]×[*Ω*]), and under the condition (28), we have:

where *ψ*(*x*,*t*) represents the unique solution of Eq. (1) and the error takes the form:

where

## Conclusion and remarks

From the above results and discussion, the following may be concluded:

- 1
Equation (1) has a unique solution

*ψ*(*x*,*t*) in the space*L*_{2}(*Ω*)×*C*[0,*T*], under some conditions. - 2
The existence of a unique solution of the Volterra–Fredholm integral equation is discussed and proved using Picard’s method and Banach’s fixed point method.

- 3
The Volterra–Fredholm integral equation of the second kind, in time and position, after using separation of variables method leads to the Volterra integral equations of the second kind with a continuous kernel.

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Solutions of the Volterra integral equations can be obtained by numerical methods.

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We would like to thank Dr. M. A. Nasr, (Dept. of Maths. College of Science and Arts–Gurayat, Jouf University, KSA) and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive suggestions towards upgrading the quality of the manuscript.

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Abdou, M.A., Soliman, A.A. & Abdel–Aty, M.A. On a discussion of Volterra–Fredholm integral equation with discontinuous kernel.
*J Egypt Math Soc* **28**, 11 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42787-020-00074-8

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