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Finite difference approximations for space–time fractional partial differential equation

Y. Zhang
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An implicit difference scheme is presented for a space–time fractional convection–diffusion equation. The equation is obtained from the classical integer order convection–diffusion equations with fractional order derivatives for both space and time. First-order consistency, unconditional stability, and first-order convergence of the method are proven using a novel shifted version of the classical Grünwald finite difference approximation for the fractional derivatives. A numerical example with known exact solution is also presented, and the behavior of the error is examined to verify the order of convergence.

Received: 2007-05-30
Revised: 2009-05-01
Published Online: 2010-01-25
Published in Print: 2009-December

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