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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 69-85

General solutions of the nonlinear PDEs governing the erosion kinetics

Division of Mechanics, Department of Applied Sciences, National Technical University of Athens, Hellas, Greece

Received 13 July 2001

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We present the construction of the general solutions concerning the one-dimensional (1D) fully dynamic nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs), for the erosion kinetics. After an uncoupling procedure of the above mentioned equations a second–order nonlinear PDE of the Monge type governing the porosity is derived, the general solution of which is constructed in the sense that a full complement of arbitrary functions (as many as the order) is introduced. Afterwards, we specify the above solution according to convenient initial conditions.