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Fractional order calculus: basic concepts and engineering applications. (English) Zbl 1190.26002

Summary: The fractional order calculus (FOC) is as old as the integer one although up to recently its application was exclusively in mathematics. Many real systems are better described with FOC differential equations as it is a well-suited tool to analyze problems of fractal dimension, with long-term “memory” and chaotic behavior. Those characteristics have attracted the engineers’ interest in the latter years, and now it is a tool used in almost every area of science. This paper introduces the fundamentals of the FOC and some applications in systems’ identification, control, mechatronics, and robotics, where it is a promissory research field.

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26A33 Fractional derivatives and integrals
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