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Journal of Applied Mathematics

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 364718, 5 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/364718

## New Travelling-Wave Solutions for Dodd-Bullough Equation

^{1}School of Information, Beijing Wuzi University, Beijing 101149, China^{2}Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China^{3}State Key Laboratory of Networking and Switching Technology, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China

Received 2 April 2013; Accepted 23 May 2013

Academic Editor: Shiping Lu

Copyright © 2013 Guicheng Shen et al. 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.

#### Abstract

A new method, which assumes with a function form of , is applied to solve the Dodd-Bullough equation through travelling-wave transformation. A new family of explicit travelling wave solutions is derived. The proposed method works efficiently to be applied to solve other forms of Dodd-Bullough equations.

#### 1. Introduction

The Dodd-Bullough equation initiated by Dodd and Bullough [1] and Žiber and Šabat [2], plays a significant role in many scientific applications such as solid state physics, nonlinear optics, and quantum field theory.

There are many research works for Dodd-Bullough equation in the last decades. It is shown that Dodd-Bullough determines the intrinsic geometry of the two-dimensional affine sphere in the three-dimensional unimodular affine space [3]. It has also been shown that the Dodd-Bullough equation is related to the nonlinear two-dimensional SL(3,R) sigma model in [4]. To solve the Dodd-Bullough equation, many mathematicians have put forward some methods, and different forms of solution formulas have been retrieved. Reference [5] develops two-soliton solution formula and N-soliton solution formula by means of dressing the trivial one . The dressing procedure for (1) is also suggested in [6]. By using three Weierstrass functions, [7] proposes some explicit solution formulas. Reference [8, 9] obtain some general ineffective formulas for solutions of (1), but no concrete solutions. The MSE (modified simple equation) method has been proposed in [10–12] to explore the exact traveling solution of nonlinear physical systems, then [13] applies the MSE method to the Tzitzeica-Dodd-Bullough equation for some new solutions.

Tanh method is efficient to deal with many kinds of non-linear equations. Applying the tanh method to the Dodd-Bullough-Mikhailov and the Tzitzeica-Dodd-Bullough equations, [14] derives some solitons and periodic solutions. By developing an extended tanh method, [15] builds some new explicit solutions for Dodd-Bullough equation.

This paper aims to propose a new method to deal with the Dodd-Bullough equation, which is based on an assumption that the first order differential of on the travelling wave variable . A new family of explicit solutions for (1) is derived. The proposed method works efficiently to solve other forms of Dodd-Bullough equations. We also compare some of our results to some previous solutions and find that the solution of the Dodd-Bullough-Mikhailov equation given in [14] is only a special case of ours. Moreover, our solutions for Tzitzeica-Dodd-Bullough equations are different from previous results in [13] and other works.

#### 2. The Proposed Method

Our method aims to solve some nonlinear equations with the form (2), after the travelling-wave transformation, where , , and might be any functions. The technique is based on a priori assumption: the traveling-wave solutions of (2) satisfy which can be expressed in a form of some function of .

The main steps of our proposed method are as follows.(1) We unite the independent variables and into one wave variable to carry out the PDE in two variables, into an ODE, The precondition for our method is (4) which meets a form of (2) after some transformation.(2) To find the travelling-wave solutions of (2), we take an assumption that then we get According to the assumption, obviously, then, substitute (7) into (2), Let , then we obtain that(3) Try to retrieve the form of the function by solving (9). In some cases, (9) is a variable separated ODE. (4) Once the form of the function is retrieved, return to (5), and we can get the solutions of by integration because (5) is also a variable separated ODE of the solutions, actually; where is an integration constant.

In some cases, the explicit solutions can be retrieved by seeking the inverse function. Otherwise, only the implicit can be derived if the integration of the left side of (11) is much complex.

#### 3. Solutions for Dodd-Bullough Equation

For the Dodd-Bullough given by (1), after travelling-wave transformation via , we can get that Next, we assume that meets an ODE form of some functions of for which satisfies a simple function form of : Following (6), we can get that Consequently, by substituting (14) into (12), we obtain that Considering is a function of , let , then is a function of .

Now, we try to get the form of the function : Equation (17) is an ODE of variable separated: where is a constant of integration,

Remembering that , then ,

From (13), obviously,

By comparing (19) and (21), we get that is,

Equation (23) is a variable separated ODE; using a symbol computation software program, such as MATHEMATICA, we obtain that where is a constant of integration, , and are the roots of the equation , and So, obviously, . Then, (24) can be simplified as where the function, the elliptic integral of the first kind, is the inverse function of function. Then, we get

Replace with , with in (27), and then it is easy to obtain a family of explicit solutions for (1) as follows: where and are two arbitrary constants, and , , and , as defined in (25), are the roots of the equation ; is also an arbitrary constant.

#### 4. Discussion and Comparison

##### 4.1. Solutions for Other Forms of Dodd-Bullough Equation

Other forms of Dodd-Bullough equation can also be dealt with using the same method. As examples, we propose the travelling-wave solutions for Dodd-Bullough-Mikhailov equation given by and the Tzitzeica-Dodd-Bullough equation given by The two equations appear in problems varying from fluid flow to quantum field theory. For (29), the solution retrieved using our method is where and are two arbitrary constants and , , and are the roots of the equation ; is also an arbitrary constant.

And for (30), taking an assumption that , and using a similar process, we can get a family of travelling-wave solution as follows: where , , and are all arbitrary constants.

Actually, the method proposed in this lecture can be used to solve some more general forms of the Dodd-Bullough equation given by or It is easy to derive the solutions for these two general Dodd-Bullough equations following the above listed steps. We would not go into the details.

##### 4.2. Comparing of Previous Solutions

Compared to the previous works, we present new traveling-wave solutions for Dodd-Bullough.

Actually, in [14], Wazwaz proposes some travelling solutions for the Dodd-Bullough-Mikhailov and the Tzitzeica-Dodd-Bullough equations using the tanh method. It can be shown that the solutions for the Dodd-Bullough-Mikhailov given in [14] are only some special cases of our results.

For solutions of the Dodd-Bullough-Mikhailov equation given by (29), while we fix the constant to meet the parameter , the JacobiAmplitude function will degenerate to an Arctan function. Then, we get That is,

Remembering that , , and are the roots of the equation , and , we can easily find that and ; then, (36) changes into Then, it is easy to see that the solution of the Dodd-Bullough-Mikhailov equation given in [14] is a special case of ours.

Meanwhile, the solutions for Tzitzeica-Dodd-Bullough equation given by (30) are also different from previous results in [7, 13, 14].

#### 5. Conclusion

In this paper, we propose a new method to solve Dodd-Bullough equations under the assumption that . A new family of new explicit travelling-wave solutions for is derived. Using the proposed method, many other forms of Dodd-Bullough equations, Dodd-Bullough-Mikhailov, Tzitzeica-Dodd-Bullough, and some other general forms can be dealt with to get a new family of new explicit travelling-wave solutions. Compared with previous works, we can find that our solutions for Dodd-Bullough equations are different, and some previous results are special cases of ours.

#### Acknowledgments

This research is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (61171014, 61202436) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

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