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Elliptic Travelling Wave Solutions to a Generalized Boussinesq Equation
Travelling wave solutions for the generalized Boussinesq wave equation are studied by using the Weierstrass elliptic function method. As a result, some previously known solutions are recovered, and at the same time some new ones are also given, as well as integrable ones.
It is well known that investigating the exact travelling wave solutions to nonlinear evolution equations plays an important role in the study of nonlinear physical phenomena. In order to obtain the exact solutions, a number of methods have been proposed, such as the homogeneous balance method , the hyperbolic function expansion method , Jacobi elliptic function method , F-expansion method , homotopy analysis method [5, 6], the bifurcation theory method of dynamical systems [7, 8], and Weierstrass elliptic function method . Among these methods, Weierstrass elliptic function method is a powerful mathematic tool to solve nonlinear evolution equations. By using this method, many kinds of important nonlinear evolution equations have been solved successfully [10, 11].
To understand the role of nonlinear dispersion in the formation of patterns in liquid drops, Rosenau and Hyman  introduced and studied a family of fully nonlinear KdV equations (, ):
A class of solitary waves (which they named compactons) with the special property that, after colliding with other compacton solutions, they reemerge with the same coherent shape was presented. From then on, compacton solutions attracted a lot of interest [13–15]. You can refer to [16–18], for example, for more details about the properties of compacton solutions. Compacton solutions and solitary solutions of other nonlinear evolution equations such as Boussinesq equations and Boussinesq-like (, ) equations had been extensively investigated by many authors [19–21]. Recently, Yan  introduced a class of fully Boussinesq equations (, ) and presented some of its compacton solutions when . Liu et al.  utilized the integral approach to investigate its compacton solutions. More recently, Zhu [20, 21] studied Boussinesq-like (, ) equations by using the extended decomposition method.
By making use of the sine-cosine method technique, Wazwaz  obtained various forms of travelling wave solutions for improved Boussinesq equations with positive or negative exponents. It was highlighted in  that the variants and exponents in the equations directly lead to a qualitative change in the physical structures of the obtained solutions. Lai and Wu [24, 25] proposed an approach for constructing asymptotic solutions in a Sobolev space for generalized Boussinesq equations. Using the tanh methods, Wazwaz  obtained the compacton solutions, solitons, solitary pattern solutions, and periodic solutions for the Boussinesq wave equation and its generalized form where and are constants.
In this paper, we will consider the travelling wave solutions of the following generalized Boussinesq equations (simply called equation):
The objective of this paper is to investigate the travelling wave solutions of (6) systematically, by applying the Weierstrass elliptic function method. It will be shown that some previously known solutions are recovered, and at the same time, some new ones are also given.
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we first outline the Weierstrass elliptic function method which will be used in the next section. In Section 3, we give some particular travelling wave solutions of (6). Finally, some conclusions are given in Section 4.
2. Weierstrass Elliptic Functions
Let us consider the following nonlinear differential equation:
As is well known [27, 28], the solutions of (7) can be expressed in terms of elliptic functions . It reads as where the primes denote differentiation with respect to and is a simple root of . The invariants , of elliptic functions are related to the coefficients of by 
When and are real and the discriminant is positive, negative, or zero, we have different behavior of . The conditions  lead to periodic solutions, whereas the conditions lead to solitary wave solutions.
3. Travelling Wave Solutions of the Generalized Boussinesq Equations
In this section, we consider the travelling wave solutions of (6). Assume that (6) has an exact solution in the form of a travelling wave where , , and are arbitrary constants. Substituting (15) into (6), we get Integrating (16) twice and letting the constants of integration be zero give rise to Making transformation, , and (17) becomes Multiply (18) by the integrating factor on both sides, and integrating it with respect to , we have where is an integration constant.
Making the transformation , we get In order to guarantee the integrability of (20), the powers of have to be integer numbers between 0 and 4, and therefore we have the following parameter conditions: (1)if , , then ;(2)if , , , then ;(3)if , , then we have and ;(4)if , then we have or .
3.1. Case 1
(i) If , , and , (20) becomes
It is easy to see that has two roots: and . From (8), we can obtain the following solution for (21): where the invariants are Then the discriminant . The root gives the trivial solution , and the nonzero solution of (21) can be found by taking . Hence, from (11), we have the periodic wave solution to (21) for . From (12), we have the solitary wave solution for .
Remark 1. When , the solutions (26)-(27) that we obtained are completely the same as (22)–(24) that were obtained by Lai .
(ii) If , , and , (20) becomes
It is easy to see that has two roots: and . From (8), we can obtain that the expression for the solutions of (28) is where the invariants are given by (23). Taking the root into (29), we get Since the discriminant , thus from (11), we have the periodic wave solution to (28) for . From (12), we have the solitary wave solution for .
Therefore, when , the (6) has the following periodic wave solution: When , the (6) has the following solitary wave solution: When substituting the second root into (29), we have So from (11), we have the periodic wave solution to (28): for . From (12), we have the solitary wave solution to (28): Therefore, when , (6) has the following periodic wave solution: When , the (6) has the following solitary wave solution:
Remark 2. When , the solutions (33)-(34) that we obtained are completely the same as (23)–(25) that were obtained by Lai ; when and , the solutions (38)-(39) that we obtained are similar as the solutions (26)–(28) that were obtained by Lai .
(iii) If , , and , (20) becomes According to (8), the solutions of (40) read where the invariants are Taking the root into (41), we get the trivial solution . However, when taking the root into (41), we can obtain the solutions to (40) Since the discriminant , it is easy to see from (11), (12) that the above solutions (43) will generate the same periodic and solitary wave solutions to (6) as (26), (27).
3.2. Case 2
(i) If , , , and , (20) becomes Using similar arguments to Case 1 (i), we can deduce that when , the (6) has the following periodic wave solution: When , the (6) has the following solitary wave solution:
(ii) If , , , and , (20) becomes Using similar arguments to Case 1 (ii), we can deduce that when , the (6) has the following periodic wave solution: When , the (6) has the following solitary wave solution:
3.3. Case 3
(i) If , , , and , (20) becomes According to (8), the solutions of (52) read where the invariants are given by So we can obtain the general expressions for the solutions to the (6): For example, substituting the simplest root of into (56), we get
3.4. Case 4
(i) If , , and , (20) becomes Following the same procedure as mentioned above, we can get the general solutions to (6): where is the real root of and the invariants are given by (ii) If , , and , (20) becomes Likewise, we can get the general solutions to (6): where is the real root of .
From the above discussion, we find the traveling wave solutions of the generalized Boussinesq equation , which are expressed by the hyperbolic functions and trigonometric functions, out without the aid of mathematical software. The results show that the Weierstrass function method is a powerful mathematical tool to search for exact solutions to nonlinear differential equations, especially solitary ones. It may be advantageous that this quite general method can lead to free parameters as shown in the solution. We believe that this approach can also be used to solve other nonlinear equations.
Conflict of Interests
The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
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