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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 237135, 7 pages
Research Article

Kink Solutions for a Class of Generalized Dissipative Equations

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture and Motor Sciences, Kore University of Enna, 94100 Enna, Italy

Received 8 August 2012; Accepted 22 October 2012

Academic Editor: Massimo Furi

Copyright © 2012 Marianna Ruggieri. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We study, in this paper, a generalized viscoelastic equation which includes several interesting models considered in some recent papers. Many physically important nonlinear PDEs can be reduced to nonlinear ODEs by means of reduction techniques. So it is significant and very interesting to study, among all the closed-form solutions admitted by the model, the corresponding kink waves. A plot of the obtained solution is performed.

1. Introduction

Nonlinear wave phenomena of dissipation, dispersion, diffusion, reaction, and convection appear in a wide variety of scientific applications and are very important in nonlinear sciences. In this paper, we report an interesting integrable equation that recently (see, e.g., [1, 2]) we have studied from the point of view of symmetries.

The integrable equation we study is where and are smooth functions, is the dependent variable, and subscripts denote partial derivative with respect to the independent variables and .

The behavior of some partial differential equations, in the case that and could be discontinuous, is investigated in [3, 4] where some regularity results of the solutions are also considered.

When , (1.1) includes the nonlinear homogeneous vibrating string equation: which was classified by Ames et al. [5] and gives rise to numerous publications on symmetry analysis of nonlinear wave phenomena. While when an approximate study can be found in a recent paper [6].

In the framework of nonlinear viscoelasticity, some recent results can be found in the paper of Pucci and Saccomandi [7] (see bibliography therein for a review).

Our aim, in this work, is to construct wave solutions of nonlinear evolution equation (1.1).

2. Problem Formulation

Let us consider a homogeneous viscoelastic bar of uniform cross-section and assume that the material is a nonlinear Kelvin solid. This model is described by a stress-strain relation of the following form [8]: where is the stress, the position of a cross-section in the homogeneous rest configuration of the bar, the displacement at time of the section from the rest position, is the elastic part of the stress, while is the dissipative part.

The equation of linear momentum , in the absence of body forces, after setting and introducing the function such that can be reduced to (1.1).

Many physically important nonlinear PDEs can be reduced to nonlinear ODEs by means of reduction techniques. So it is significant and very interesting to study the exact solutions of the reduced equation of (1.1). Among all the solutions admitted by our equation we seek for travelling wave solutions.

Travelling waves are very interesting from the point of view of applications. These types of waves will not change their shapes during propagation and are thus easy to detect. Of particular interest are three types of travelling waves: the solitary waves, which are localized travelling waves, asymptotically zero at large distances, the periodic waves, and the kink waves, which rise or descend from one asymptotic state to another.

3. Solutions in Viscoelastic Medium

Motivated by a number of physical problems discussed in [9, 10], Ruggieri and Valenti, in [2], found travelling wave solutions for (1.1) in the case of ideally hard material, the main feature of which is that the Lagrangian speed of sound increases monotonically without bound.

Then, in order to seek for other solutions of physical interest, we apply the Lie method analysis and we use the notion of symmetry to generate solutions. A key notion in Lie's method is that of an infinitesimal generator for a symmetry group; then, we look for the one-parameter Lie group of infinitesimal transformations in -space given by where is the group parameter and the associated Lie algebra is the set of vector fields of the form We then require that the transformation (3.1) leaves invariant the set of solutions of (1.1); in others words, we require that the transformed equation has the same form as the original one.

Following the well-known monographs on this argument (see, e.g., [11, 12]), we introduce the third prolongation of the operator which has the form where we have set where the operators and denote total derivatives with respect to and .

In order to better clarify the technique used to obtain reduced equation of (1.1), we quickly recall the results obtained in [2].

The determining system of (1.1) arises from the following invariance condition: under the constraint that the variable has to satisfy (1.1). This latter allows us to find the infinitesimal generator of the symmetry transformations and, at the same time, gives the functional dependence of the constitutive functions and for which the equation does admit symmetries. From (3.5) we obtain the following relations: where are constants and the prime denotes derivative of a function with respect to the only variable upon which it depends.

We consider for arbitrary and , the Principal Lie Algebra of (1.1) that is two-dimensional and is spanned by the operators: Otherwise the group classification is summarized in Table 1.

Table 1: Group classification of (1.1). , , , , , and are constitutive constants with , , and , .

So, reducing (1.1) by means of Principal Lie Algebra we obtain that the similarity variable, the similarity solution, and the reduced ODE of (1.1), respectively, are with and arbitrary functions of and we observe that the third-order partial differential equation (1.1) admits travelling wave solutions for arbitrary and .

Now, in order to seek new solutions which are of physical interest, let us consider the following form for the tension function : which arises, as Bell has shown [13], in polycristalline solids during a dynamic uniaxial compression.

Under this assumption, taking into account (2.2) and choosing for the compatibility of the problem [2] the following expression for the function with , the reduced equation (3.9) becomes An exact solution of (3.11) is with being an arbitrary constant of integration.

Coming back to the original variables (3.8) and taking (3.12) into account, the solution can be written as

Another solution of physical interest can be obtained when we consider the following form of the tension: which models the ideal soft material whose main feature is the lagrangian speed of sound which decreases monotonically to zero as increases without bound.

In this case, taking into account (2.2) and choosing for the compatibility of the problem [2] the following expression for the function with , the reduced equation (3.9) becomes An exact solution of (3.15) is with being an arbitrary constant of integration. When we revert to the original variables and take (3.16) into account, the solution can be written as

The travelling waves solutions (3.13)–(3.17) have the form of a kink, and it is known that kinks may propagate in a viscoelastic medium (see [10] and bibliography therein).

In order to show the trend of the obtained solutions (3.13)–(3.17), just as an example some snapshots of the solution (3.13) are shown in Figures 1 and 2.

Figure 1: 3D view of the solution (3.13) of (1.1) for increasing values of the wave speed.
Figure 2: Plot 2D of the solution (3.13) of (1.1) at different times, showing versus position.


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