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A New Exact Solution of Burgers’ Equation with Linearized Solution
Abstract
This paper considers a general Burgers’ equation with the nonlinear term coefficient being an arbitrary constant. Two identical solutions of the general Burgers’ equation are separately derived by a direct integration method and the simplest equation method with the Bernoulli equation being the simplest equation. The proposed exact solutions overcome the long existing problem of discontinuity and can be successfully reduced to linearity, while the nonlinear term coefficient approaches zero. In addition, a general ColeHopf transform is introduced. Finally, the proposed derived solution is compared with the perturbation solution and other existing exact solutions. A new phenomenon, which we named “kink sliding,” is observed.
1. Introduction
Burgers’ equation was first introduced by Bateman [1] in 1915 and later analyzed by Burgers [2] in 1948. The equation is used as a model in many fields such as acoustics [3], continuous stochastic processes [4], dispersive water [5], shock waves [5], heat conduction [6], and turbulence [7]. Burgers’ equation can also be considered as a simplified form of the NavierStokes equation [8] due to the form of the nonlinear convection term and the occurrence of a viscosity term.
Burgers’ equation is one of the very few nonlinear partial differential equations that can be solved exactly. When the absolute value of the nonlinear term coefficient of Burgers’ equation is 2 or 1, the exact solutions can be derived by the modified extended tanhfunction method [9], the Expfunction method [10], the tanhcoth method [11], and the ColeHopf transform method [11–16]. In this paper, the nonlinear term coefficient of Burgers’ equation is considered an arbitrary constant. The exact solutions of thisgeneral Burgers’ equation are derived by the four methods mentioned above [9–16]. In addition, they are also separately derived by the simplest equation method with the Riccati equation being the simplest equation and a newly developed general ColeHopf transform method [11, 12]. It is shown that when the coefficient of the nonlinear term is the same as the regular Burgers’ equation, the derived exact solutions are the same as those in the existing literature. However, all these exact solutions do not satisfy the continuity condition and will not be reducible to linear solutions when the coefficient of the nonlinear term in the Burgers’ equation approaches zero.
In this paper, new exact solutions of the general Burgers’ equation are separately derived by a direct integration method and the simplest equation method with the Bernoulli equation being the simplest equation, respectively. The two exact solutions are shown to be the same. In addition, the newly derived solution can be successfully reduced to linearity, while the nonlinear term coefficient approaches zero. Finally, the proposed derived solution is compared with the perturbation solution and other existing exact solutions. Several numerical results are presented and illustrated.
2. General Burgers’ Equation
Consider the general Burgers’ equation:where the nonlinear term coefficient is an arbitrary constant and is the coefficient of the kinematics viscosity of fluids and is equal to . Further, is the Reynolds number, and when it is large the equation describes shock wave behavior [3].
2.1. Existing Exact Solutions
Following the solution methods and procedures of the modified extended tanhfunction method [9], the Expfunction method [10], and the tanhcoth method [11], the following sets of solutions have been obtained.
One set, when , is a front wave (kink) solution,while the other is a traveling wave solution,For , the two traveling wave solutions areHere, is the wave speed. When , solution (2) is the same as that obtained by Ebaid [10]; however, when , , solutions (2) to (5) are the same as those obtained by Wazwaz [11]. Many other solutions can also be found in Wazwaz’s book [12].
2.2. The Simplest Equation Method with Riccati Equation being the Simplest Equation
The simplest equation method with Riccati equation being the simplest equation is a method commonly used to develop the exact solution of some nonlinear equations. It can also be used to develop exact solutions of the general Burgers’ equation.
Herein, a new variable is introduced, , so that . General Burgers’ equation (1) is thus transformed into
To solve the problem by the simplest equation method [17, 18], the solution can be assumed to be in the form ofwhere are constants to be determined; is the exact solution of a chosen nonlinear ordinary differential equation, called the simplest equation; and is a constant to be determined and the power of the specified solution function finite series, .
Now, consider the following Riccati equation as the simplest equation:where is wave number and . The exact solution for the chosen Riccati equation (8) is
To determine the parameters, substitute (7) and (8) back into (6) and balance the linear terms of the derivative’s highest order, which yields with the highest order nonlinear term in (6). Setting coefficients of like power of to be zeros yields the following equations:
The equations give and , . Consequently, the exact solution of the Burgers’ equation is obtained:
If one sets , then . It can accordingly be found that solution (11) is exactly the same as that given in (2).
2.3. General ColeHopf Transformation Solution
When and , regular ColeHopf transformations, , and were introduced to study the associated Burgers’ equations [11, 12, 15], respectively. In this paper, a general ColeHopf transformation solution is developed to derive an exact solution of the general Burgers’ equation.
The regular ColeHopf transformation in the following form is first modified:where is a constant to be specified. Substituting (12) into (1) yields
Obviously, if , (13) can be reduced to Consequently, the following linear equation is generated:Moreover, it is a heat conduction equation with a solution in the form of [11, 12]where is an arbitrary constant.
Therefore, the general ColeHopf transformation for the Burgers’ equation is and an exact solution of the general Burgers’ equation can be derived as
From the solutions above, it can be observed that the tanhcoth solutions, (2)–(5), the ColeHopf solution, (18), the solution derived from the simplest equation method with the Riccati equation being the simplest equation, and (11) are all proportional to . In particular, when , the ColeHopf solution, namely (18), with is the same as one of the tanhcoth solutions, namely (2), with .
It is well known that, for solution continuity, if the nonlinear coefficient in a nonlinear differential equation (1) approaches zero, the equation is reduced to a linear one and the nonlinear solution should be reducible to a linear solution. However, from the existing exact solutions above, it can be observed that when the nonlinear coefficient is reduced to zero, the solutions become infinite. Therefore, none will satisfy the solution continuity condition. In the following, a new exact solution of the general Burgers’ equation with a linearized solution is developed.
3. New Exact Solution
3.1. Direct Integration Method
Integrating (6) once with respect to and setting the integration constant to be zero yieldsEquation (19) can then be expressed aswhere , .
Integrating (20) once with respect to and using the result given in the integration table [19], it becomesThereforewhere is an integral constant. As a result, a new exact solution of the general Burgers’ equation can be derived as
When the nonlinear coefficient in nonlinear differential equation (1) approaches zero, the exact solution, namely (23), is reduced to This solution is consistent with the exact solution of the following linearized equation from Burgers’ equation:
3.2. The Simplest Equation Method with the Bernoulli Equation being the Simplest Equation
Following the simplest equation method as discussed in Section 2.2, the same new exact solution can also be obtained by employing the simplest equation method with the following Bernoulli equation being the simplest equation [20–22]:Equation (26) has the exact solution in the form of
After substituting (7) and (26) back into (6) and balancing the linear terms of the derivative’s highest order, , with the highest order nonlinear term in (6), , and the following equations are obtained
These equations give , , and , . Consequently, the solution is derived asIn terms of and variables, the new exact solution of the general Burgers’ equation can be expressed as After multiplying the numerator and denominator of (30) by , the same solution as that given in (23) is obtained.
3.3. The Perturbation Solution
The perturbation method is commonly used to study nonlinear equations and obtain approximate analytic solutions. The transformed general Burgers’ equation, (6), can be set into the form where is a perturbation term. The perturbation solution is assumed to be in the following form:
Substituting (32) into (31) and setting like power coefficients of to be zeros, the following equations are obtained:The approximated solution iswhere is a constant. When the coefficient of the perturbation term is zero, (31) is reduced to a common linear differential equation. Solution (34) is reduced to being linear and is the same as the solution reduced from (24).
4. Numerical Results and Discussions
To illustrate the analysis, several numerical results are presented and illustrated.
Figure 1 illustrates the difference between the new solution and the perturbation solution, with and , at , as the nonlinear term coefficient varies from −1 to 1. For comparison, the constant in (23) and (34) is set to zero. It can be found that when , both solutions lead to linear solutions and are the same; however, when the absolute value of is increased to one, the perturbation solution will have significant errors. Figure 2 shows the difference between the new exact solution and the perturbation solution with the absolute value of being one, and , at various . It can be observed that the difference between the two solutions becomes negligible when is large ().
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A kink wave is defined as a traveling wave which rises or descends from one asymptotic state to another and approaches a constant at infinity [12]. Moreover, when approaches positive and negative infinities, the corresponding tanhcoth solutions from (2) are The corresponding ColeHopf solutions from (18), at , areThe corresponding new exact solutions from (23), at , areHence, they satisfy the second condition of a kink wave. After numerical calculation using the software MATLAB, it can be found that the solutions of (1) with , (2), and (18) all satisfy the first condition of a kink wave. The kinds of waves of the tanhcoth solutions, (2)–(5), the ColeHopf solution, (18), and the new exact solution, (23), are summarized in Table 1.

In the following, the three different kinds of solutions, (2), (18), and (23), are examined and compared. As the nonlinear term coefficient of varies from −1 to 1, the difference between the new exact solution and the ColeHopf solution, (18), with , , , , and , is shown in Figure 3. It should be mentioned that under this case, the tanhcoth solution, (2), is the same as the ColeHopf solution. It can be found that the new exact solution is a continuous function of while the other solution has discontinuity at . This phenomenon can be easily observed from the solution forms, namely, (2) and (18). When the nonlinear coefficient in the tanhcoth solution and the ColeHopf solution is reduced to zeros, the solutions approach infinity.
Figure 4 shows the influence of the kinematics viscosity coefficient on the three solutions as , , , , and or . As can be seen, the coefficient has no influence on the tanhcoth solution. As the coefficient is increased, the new exact solution increases and the ColeHopf solution decreases, respectively. Under the unique case with , , , and , the three different solutions are the same.
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Figure 5 shows the new exact solution, the tanhcoth solution, and the ColeHopf solution with various and different negative nonlinear coefficients . It can be found that these three solutions are all kink solutions and are consistent with the summarized results in Table 1. As mentioned in Section 2.3, with constants , , , and , the tanhcoth solution and the ColeHopf solution are both proportional to and become infinite as approaches zero. The steep slope in the solutions is kept at the same location; however, this is not the case for the new exact solution. Under the same physical conditions, the new exact solution will not become infinite as approaches zero. Moreover, the location of the steep slope in the new exact solution will slide and change as is changed. As shown in Figure 5, the location of the steep slope in the new exact solution slides to the left as is changed from −1 to −0.1. We have named this peculiarity the kinksliding phenomenon.
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5. Conclusions
In this paper, a new exact solution of the general Burgers’ equation was derived by a direct integration method and the simplest equation method with the Bernoulli equation as the simplest equation. It was shown that the proposed derived exact solution can be successfully reduced to linearity, while the nonlinear term coefficient approaches zero. In addition, a general ColeHopf transformation solution was introduced. The differences among the newly derived exact solution, the other existing exact solutions, and the perturbation solution were elaborated. It was shown that when , both the new solution and perturbation solution lead to linearity and are the same; however, when the absolute value of is increased to one, the perturbation solution has significant errors. With constants , , , and , the tanhcoth solutions and the ColeHopf solution are proportional to and become infinite as approaches zero. Although the steep slope in the solutions is maintained at the same location, under the same physical conditions, the new exact solution will not become infinite as approaches zero. Moreover, the location of the steep slope in the new exact solution slides, which was termed the kinksliding phenomenon. Extensions of the proposed methods to study different nonlinear differential equations without linearized solutions are expected in future works.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
Acknowledgment
It is gratefully acknowledged that this work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, under Grants NSC 1022221E006050 and MOST 1032221E006048.
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