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Xiao-Jun Yang, Jordan Hristov, H. M. Srivastava, Bashir Ahmad, "Modelling Fractal Waves on Shallow Water Surfaces via Local Fractional Korteweg-de Vries Equation", Abstract and Applied Analysis, vol. 2014, Article ID 278672, 10 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/278672
Modelling Fractal Waves on Shallow Water Surfaces via Local Fractional Korteweg-de Vries Equation
A mathematical model of fractal waves on shallow water surfaces is developed by using the concepts of local fractional calculus. The derivations of linear and nonlinear local fractional versions of the Korteweg-de Vries equation describing fractal waves on shallow water surfaces are obtained.
The mathematical model of shallow water waves, conceived by Boussinesq , was rediscovered by Korteweg and de Vries . It is commonly known as Korteweg-de Vries equation (KdV) [2, 3] and is given by
Several versions of the KdV equations found in the literature are listed below.(i)Generalized KdV equation (GKdV)  (ii)Generalized-generalized KdV equation (GGKdV)  (iii)Deformed KdV equation (DKdV)  (iv)Modified-modified KdV equation (MM KdV)  whereare constants. (i)Modified KdV equation (M KdV)  (ii)Spherical KdV (SKdV) was  (iii)Cylindrical KdV equation (CKdV) was 
Recently, the fractional KdV equations have been discussed by several authors. Momani et al.  studied the KdV equation with both space- and time-fractional derivatives, while the time-fractional derivative case has been considered by El-Wakil et al. . Atangana and Secer  developed solutions for coupled Korteweg-de Vries equations with time-fractional derivatives . Abdulaziz et al.  discussed the modified KdV equations with different space- and time-fractional derivatives.
It is imperative to note that the above mentioned works are based on the fractional calculus of differentiable functions. However, there are certain nondifferentiable physical quantities describing the physical parameters locally, where the concept of differentiable functions is not applicable. In such cases the local fractional calculus (LFC) concept allows to obtain solutions adequate to such nondifferentiable problems [17–25] such as local fractional Helmholtz and diffusion equations , local fractional Navier-Stokes equations in fractal domain , local fractional Poisson and Laplace equations arising in the electrostatics in fractal domain , fractional models in forest gap , inhomogeneous local fractional wave equations , local fractional heat conduction equation , and other results [26–30].
In the present work, we focus on the derivation of the linear and the nonlinear local fractional versions of the Korteweg-de Vries equation describing fractal waves on shallow water surfaces.
The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we recall the local fractional conservation laws for the quantities in mathematical physics while the local fractional Korteweg-de Vries equation is derived from local fractional calculus in Section 3. The conclusions are outlined in Section 4.
2. Theoretical Background
2.1. Local Fractional Conservation Laws Arising in Mathematical Physics
First of all, we discuss the local fractional conservation laws of mass, energy, and momentum in fractal media.
Let us consider the quantitywhich varies within the fractal volume. Observe that the variations inwith respect to the fractal time corresponds to the variation in the flux through the fractal boundaryor by a source inside the volume. The integral form of local fractional conservation of the quantityis given by [17, 19, 21] where is the fractal flux vector and is the source (sink) for a nondifferentiable quantity.
The local fractional surface integral is defined by [17, 19–22] where is the local fractal surface and denote elements of the surface with unit normal local fractional vector. Whenas, the local fractional volume integral of the functiontakes the form [17, 19–23]
Using (9), the local fractional differential form of the local fractional conservation balance of the quantity can be expressed as
In the Cantorian coordinates, the local fractional conservation equation (14) with respect tocan be written as AlternativelyNotice that the quantitycan represent mass, energy, or momentum in fractal media.
If denotes the fractal mass density, then the functionis the mass fractal flux and . In this case, the local fractional conservation of mass in fractal media reads as
In the context of the present analysis, the local fractional conservation of energy in fractal media is
The functionin (19) is the fractal flux vector of the energy in fractal media. Further, if the function denotes the amount of heat energy per unit fractal volume in fractal media, then the transport flux is
Thus, the conservation of thermal energy in fractal media can be expressed as
As a consequence of (21), the local fractional Fourier law (with fractal thermal conductivity) reads as
The local fractional conservation of momentum in fractal media is where the quantityrepresents the momentum in fractal media while the function is the fractal momentum flux vector fractal media.
If the momentum per unit fractal volume is, then the sources due to fractal stresses and fractal body forces (gravity generated) areand, respectively. With this terminology, we have
In (26) is the nondifferentiable advection of momentum in fractal media.
For compressible fluids, the general form of the Navier-Stokes equation on Cantor sets is  whereis the fractal fluid velocity,is the dynamic viscosity,is the thermodynamic pressure, and denotes the specific fractal body force.
If the termis zero, then (28) reduces to
which is known as Cauchy’s equation of motion of flows on Cantor sets .
For the Navier-Stokes equation on Cantor sets for a compressible fluid becomes
2.2. Fractal Water Waves
2.2.1. Linear Theory for Fractal Water Waves
Let us consider the following local fractional conservation equations of fluid motion in fractal media (Cauchy’s equation of motion of flows on Cantor sets):
If the fractal fluid is incompressible and locally fractional irrotational, then we have
The local fractional Laplace operator is
If the following relationship is valid 
Then, we have
Equation (43) can be rewritten in terms of local fractional gradient as or
From (45), we have where is the initial pressure.
Let us suggest that the velocity of the fractal flow normal to the fractal interface can be described as and is equal to the velocity of the fractal interface normal to itself. With these suggestions, we obtain
which is the fractal kinematic equation on the fractal boundary with
If the bottom section of the flow is considered, then
Further, if the normal velocity of the flow is zero at the fixed solid boundary, (50) gives
For a horizontal bottom, we havewhich leads to or
Therefore, at the free surface, we have where.
Therefore, we define the line problem for a water wave as follows:
From (57), we may present the fractal surface as
2.2.2. Nonlinear Theory of Fractal Water Waves
The linear wave equation given in  is whereis a constant.
From (43), we get or
3. Local Fractional Korteweg-de Vries Equation
Thus, from (77), we get
Hence, we get where
In this context, the equation for the free water surface is
Here is the linear wave velocity in shallow water. The two small parameters are and with depth of the water, whileandare the typical height and length of the solitary wave, respectively.
To this end, let us consider the following relations: Then, from (99) and (103), we have
From (101), we get which yield where
If the terms of are omitted, then from (101), we obtain
In view of (109), we obtain which result into the form
We notice that (111) is the linear local fractional wave equation for water waves when.
We may also transform (110) into the following forms: which yield whereand.
Now, from (113), we may look for a solution of the form whereandare functions ofand its local fractional derivatives.
From (124), we arrive at the following formula: which leads to or (neglecting the low term) where is a nondifferentiable function, and .
We notice that (126) is the local fractional Korteweg-de Vries equation. When there are coefficient relations, namely,and, we obtain a new local fractional Korteweg-de Vries equation. When neglecting the nonlinear term of (127), we obtain the linear local fractional Korteweg-de Vries equation as follows: where is a nondifferentiable function.
In this work, we have derived the local fractional Korteweg-de Vries equation related to fractal waves on shallow water surfaces from the local fractional calculus view point. The linear and nonlinear theories for fractal water wave are presented and the linear and nonlinear local fractional Korteweg-de Vries equations are also obtained.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests regarding this paper.
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