The shape of soliton-like solutions of a higher-order KdV equation describing water waves

Kostis Andriopoulos, Tassos Bountis, K. Van Der Weele, Liana Tsigaridi

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Abstract

We study the solitary wave solutions of a non-integrable generalized KdV equation proposed by Fokas [A. S. Fokas, Physica D 87, 145 (1995)], aiming to describe unidirectional waves in shallow water with greater accuracy than the standard KdV equation. This generalized equation includes higher-order terms in the small parameters α and β, representing respectively the height and inverse width of the wave compared to the thickness of the water sheet. The solitary waves we find have a smaller height and a larger width than the corresponding KdV soliton at the same propagation velocity. Extrapolating these results we conjecture that in the limit of arbitrarily high order in α and β the solitary waves will attain a specific, finite height and width as the wave speed c increases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics
Volume16
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Higher-order KdV equations
  • solitary water waves
  • soliton-like solutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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