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The tanh-coth method for some nonlinear pseudoparabolic equations with exact solutions
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2013, Article number: 143 (2013)
We studied mostly important four nonlinear pseudoparabolic physical models: the Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Peregrine-Burgers (BBMPB) equation, the Oskolkov-Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Burgers (OBBMB) equation, the one-dimensional Oskolkov equation and the generalised hyperelastic-rod wave equation. By using the tanh-coth method and symbolic computation system Maple, we have obtained abundant new solutions of these equations. The exact solutions show that the tanh-coth method is a powerful mathematical tool for solving nonlinear pseudoparabolic equations.
Equations with a one-time derivative appearing in the highest order term are called pseudoparabolic and arise in many areas of mathematics and physics. They have been used, for instance, for fluid flow in fissured rock, consolidation of clay, shear in second-order fluids, thermodynamics and propagation of long waves of small amplitude. For more details, we refer the reader to [1–5] and references therein.
An important special case of pseudoparabolic-type equations is the generalised Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Burgers (BBMB) equation
where represents the fluid velocity in the horizontal direction x, α is a positive constant, γ is any given real constant and is a -smooth nonlinear function. For with , in equation (1) was proposed as an alternative regularised long-wave equation by Peregrine  and Benjamin et al.  for the well-known Korteweg-de Vries equation
If we take in equation (1), then we obtain a general form of Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Peregrine-Burgers (BBMPB) equation
Taking in (3), we get the general form of the BBM equation as follows:
where γ, θ are constants and . Equation (3) includes several types of the BBM equation as seen in the literature. For more details, we refer the reader to [6–15]. We will study the general form of Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Peregrine-Burgers (BBMPB) equation (3) using the tanh-coth method. We aim to extend the previous works especially in [6, 7] to make further progress for obtaining abundant new travelling wave solutions.
For in equation (3), we obtain a general form of the Oskolkov-Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Burgers equation
This nonlinear, one-dimensional and pseudoparabolic equation describes nonlinear surface waves that spread along the axis Ox and is the viscosity term [16, 17]. In the literature the inverse scattering method has been thoroughly used to derive the multiple soliton solutions of equation (5) [8, 18–22]. In this work we developed these solutions in a way that can be easily applied by using the tanh-coth method, which is less sophisticated than the inverse scattering method.
is a one-dimensional analogue of the Oskolkov system
This system describes the dynamics of an incompressible viscoelastic Kelvin-Voigt fluid. It was indicated in [23, 24] that the parameter λ can be negative and the negativeness of the parameter λ does not contradict the physical meaning of equation (7). We implemented the tanh-coth method to solve equation (6) and obtained new solutions which could not be attained in the past.
The generalised hyperelastic-rod wave equation
was first introduced in , in which the global existence of dissipative solutions were established, where α, β, θ and γ are constant parameters. This equation includes many important physical models in mathematical physics.
For , , , we obtain the Camassa-Holm (CH) equation
where u is the fluid velocity in the direction x (or, equivalently, the height of the water’s free surface above a flat bottom), α is a constant related to the critical shallow water wave speed. Camassa-Holm equation has been studied in [8, 18] and explicit travelling-wave solutions were sought . Besides, solitary wave solutions for modified forms of this equation were developed by Wazwaz .
Taking , , , equation (5) reduces to the Degasperis-Procesi (DP) equation
For , , , , the equation (5) leads to the Fornberg-Whitham (FW) equation
The FW equation was used to study the qualitative behaviour of wave-breaking. A peaked solitary wave solution of this type of equation was obtained by Fornberg and Whitham [27, 28]. Using the tanh-coth method, we consider equation (8), which is a combined form of CH, DP and FW equations, and obtain new exact solutions. These solutions can be seen as an improvement of the previously known data.
As stated before, pseudoparabolic-type equations arise in many areas of mathematics and physics to describe many physical phenomena. In recent years considerable attention has been paid to the study of pseudoparabolic-type equations, and to construct exact solutions for this type of equations, several methods, for instance, the tanh-coth method, have been developed. In [29, 30], we discussed some well-known Sobolev-type equations and pseudoparabolic equations and obtained new travelling wave solutions by using the tanh-coth method. Motivated by these studies, we employed the tanh-coth method to investigate new travelling wave solutions for the equations that were previously mentioned.
2 Outline of the tanh-coth method
(i) First consider a general form of the nonlinear equation
(ii) To find the travelling wave solution of equation (12), the wave variable is introduced so that
Based on this, one may use the following changes:
and so on for other derivatives. Using (14) changes PDE (12) to an ODE
(iii) If all terms of the resulting ODE contain derivatives in ξ, then by integrating this equation, and by considering the constant of integration to be zero, one obtains a simplified ODE.
(iv) A new independent variable
is introduced that leads to the change of derivatives:
where other derivatives can be derived in a similar manner.
(v) The ansatz of the form
is introduced where M is a positive integer, in most cases, that will be determined. If M is not an integer, then a transformation formula is used to overcome this difficulty. Substituting (17) and (18) into ODE (15) yields an equation in powers of Y.
(vi) To determine the parameter M, the linear terms of highest order in the resulting equation with the highest order nonlinear terms are balanced. With M determined, one collects all the coefficients of powers of Y in the resulting equation, where these coefficients have to vanish. This will give a system of algebraic equations involving and (), V, and μ. Having determined these parameters, knowing that M is a positive integer in most cases and using (18), one obtains an analytic solution in a closed form.
3 The Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Peregrine-Burgers (BBMPB) equation
The Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Peregrine-Burgers (BBMPB) equation is given by
where α is a positive constant, θ and β are nonzero real numbers. Using the wave variable in (19) then integrating this equation and considering the constant of integration to be zero, we obtain
Balancing with in (20) gives . The tanh-coth method admits the use of the finite expansion
where . Substituting (21) into (20) and collecting the coefficients of Y and setting it equal to zero, we find the system of equation:
Using Maple gives eighteen sets of solutions:
These sets give the solutions respectively:
4 The Oskolkov-Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Burgers (OBBMB) equation
We consider the Oskolkov-Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Burgers (OBBMB) equation
where α is positive and θ is a nonzero constant. Using the wave variable in (25) then integrating this equation and considering the constant of integration to be zero, we obtain
Balancing the second term with the last term in (26) gives . Using the finite expansion
where . Substituting (27) into (26) and collecting the coefficients of Y and setting it equal to zero, we find the system of equations:
Maple gives twelve sets of solutions:
These give the following solutions:
As can be seen easily, these solutions can be obtained by taking in the solutions of previous equations.
5 The one-dimensional Oskolkov equation
The one-dimensional Oskolkov equation is given by
We will investigate the equation for and . Using the wave variable in (31) then integrating this equation and considering the constant of integration to be zero, we obtain
Balancing with in (32) gives . The tanh-coth method admits the use of the finite expansion
where . Substituting (33) into (32) and collecting the coefficients of Y and setting it equal to zero, we find the system of equations:
Solving this system, we find the following sets of solutions:
These sets give the solutions respectively:
6 The generalised hyperelastic-rod wave equation
The generalised hyperelastic-rod wave equation reads as follows:
where α, β, θ and γ are constant parameters, and we assume that θ is nonzero. The wave variable carries (37) into the ODE
Integrating this equation and considering the constant of integration to be zero, we obtain
Balancing with in (39) gives . As stated before, the tanh-coth method uses a finite series
to express the solution . Substituting (40) into (39) and collecting the coefficients of Y gives the system of algebraic equations:
The last system gives the three sets of solutions as follows.
These in turn give the following three solutions:
In this paper, we focused on travelling wave solutions of the general form of Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Peregrine-Burgers equation, the general form of the Oskolkov-Benjamin-Bona-Mahony-Burgers equation, the one-dimensional Oskolkov equation and the generalised hyperelastic-rod wave equation. We derived various exact travelling wave solutions of these physical structures by using the tanh-coth method. Throughout the work, Maple was used to deal with the tedious algebraic operations.
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Gözükızıl, Ö.F., Akçağıl, Ş. The tanh-coth method for some nonlinear pseudoparabolic equations with exact solutions. Adv Differ Equ 2013, 143 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1847-2013-143