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# A Note on Solitary Wave Solutions of the Nonlinear Generalized Camassa-Holm Equation

**Academic Editor:**Baruch Cahlon

#### Abstract

We give a simple method for applying ordinary differential equation to solve the nonlinear generalized Camassa-Holm equation . Furthermore we give a new ansätz. In the cases where , the numerical simulations demonstrate the results.

#### 1. Introduction

A new dispersive shallow water equation known as the Camassa-Holm equation has been derived by Camassa and Holm [1]. They showed that the Camassa-Holm equation has peaked wave solitary solutions which have the first derivative discontinuity at the wave peak called “peakons.” In [2], the integral bifurcation method was used to study a nonlinearly dispersive wave equation of Camassa-Holm equation type. In [3], attractor for a coupled nonhomogeneous Camassa-Holm equation with periodic boundary condition was investigated by means of several inequalities. In [4], sufficient conditions for the modified two-component Camassa-Holm system were established. In [5], a class of nonlinear fourth order analogue of a generalized Camassa-Holm equation was studied by using sine-cosine method. In [6], He et al. studied a generalized Camassa-Holm equation. In [7], Wazwaz established solitary wave solutions to the modified forms of Degasperis-Procesi and Camassa-Holm equations. In [8], a family of Camassa-Holm equations with distinct parameters was investigated. Also many aspects of the problems were studied by researchers [9–16]. Authors in [4, 17] presented periodic wave solutions and traveling wave solutions for some equations. In [18], Khuri investigated the periodic wave and peaked solitary wave solutions of the nonlinear generalized Camassa-Holm equation and gave a ansätz for demonstrating the existence of a new class of solutions. In [19], Tian and Song derive some new exact peaked solitary wave solutions of the generalized Camassa-Holm equation and two types of new exact traveling wave solutions of the generalized weakly dissipative Camassa-Holm equations. In this paper we give a simple method for applying ordinary differential equation to solve the generalized Camassa-Holm equation and give the improved ansätz. The numerical simulation examples demonstrate that our methods are applicable.

#### 2. Simplification of the Nonlinear Generalized Camassa-Holm Equation

Consider the following nonlinear generalized Camassa-Holm equation: With the velocity constant , we seek the traveling wave solution of the form of (2) where . Substituting into (2), we have Integrating both sides of (3), we obtain where is an arbitrary constant. Let . Then . Substituting this into (4) yields Solving (4) leads to where is an arbitrary constant. Therefore From , we have Therefore where is an arbitrary constant.

When , (9) is the case of the Camassa-Holm equation. We take , , , and , then So It can be checked that , , and are infinitely great solutions of the Camassa-Holm equation without asymptotic behavior [20]. Only are the solitary wave solutions of the Camassa-Holm equation.

When , we take , , , and . In the similar way in the case , we only choose then From (14), we have Therefore we have the solitary wave solutions of the generalized Camassa-Holm equation as

When , we take , , , and then Then Solving (18), we obtain Therefore or where .

#### 3. Ansätz for the Generalized Camassa-Holm Equation

From [18], we have the following ordinary differential equation in : where .

Let . Then . Substituting this into (22) gives the following first order Bernoulli’s ordinary differential equation: Solving (23) leads to Therefore where is an arbitrary constant. We observe that hardly becomes a polynomial in unless in the particular cases. So this is a new ansätz compared with the ansätz in [18]. Similarly, we have Seemingly, (26) is more difficult than (8). On the contrary, (26) is much easier to be solved than (8). This can be seen in the following.

When , let . For , we have where is an arbitrary constant. So Solving (28), we have that when , when , Equations (29) and (30) have no asymptotic behavior. When = , we obtain So These solitary solutions have the first derivative discontinuity at the wave peak.

When , let . Consider the following: Take and , then From (34), we have Therefore, we have the solitary wave solutions of the generalized Camassa-Holm equation as Take and , then Similarly, we have This result is the same as in [18]. But it is easily to obtain.

When , let . Consider the following: From (39) and , we have seen that is not a polynomial in (compared with Equation in [18]). Take and , then Solving (40), we obtain where . Therefore or where .

#### 4. Numerical Simulation Examples

*Example 1. *In (12), take , , and . Then the solitary wave solution is .

We want to show figures with peakon feature. But to save space, omitting figures we only give MATLAB program: “ : 0.001 : 10; " for and “for : 101 ; end ; for : 101 for : 101 ; end end mesh" for the 3-dimensional case.

*Example 2. *In (16), take , , and . Then solitary wave solution is .

The figures with peakon feature will be constructed by “ : : . ” for and “for : 101 ; end ; for : 101 for : 101 . ; end end mesh” for the 3-dimensional case.

*Example 3. *In (20), take , , and . Then symmetrically solitary wave solution is

For , when , , and , respectively, the figures are with peakon feature. a : 0.0001 : b; + ./;. Replace by and the others are similar to Example 2 program for the 3-dimensional case.

#### 5. Conclusions

In this paper, we make simplification of the nonlinear generalized Camassa-Holm equation and give the improved ansatz for the generalized Camassa-Holm equation. The three numerical simulation examples with mATLAB programs demonstrate solitary wave solutions with peakon feature which show our method applicable. This method may be applied to many other nonlinear equations.

#### Acknowledgments

This work was supported partially by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant nos. 10871056 and 10971150) and by Science Research Foundation in Harbin Institute of Technology (Grant no. HITC200708).

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