This work concerns how to find the double periodic form of approximate solutions of the perturbed combined KdV (CKdV) equation with variable coefficients by using the homotopic mapping method. The obtained solutions may degenerate into the approximate solutions of hyperbolic function form and the approximate solutions of trigonometric function form in the limit cases. Moreover, the first order approximate solutions and the second order approximate solutions of the variable coefficients CKdV equation in perturbation are also induced.

1. Introduction

To solve the nonlinear partial differential equation (NPDE) has been an attractive research topic for mathematicians and physicists. Nonlinear evolution equations with variable coefficients can describe the physical phenomenon more accurately, and it is of great significance to study how to find the solutions of nonlinear evolution equations with variable coefficients.

In recent years, many researchers have developed various approaches for attaining the exact solutions and approximate of NPDE, such as the inverse scattering method [1], homogeneous balance method [2], elliptic function method [3], and perturbation method [4]. A recently reported analytic approximate method, the homotopic mapping method proposed in [5], has been applied to solve many nonlinear problems in engineering and technology effectively, like the nonlinear vibration of [6], boundary layer flow of [7], and so on [812]. However, the above works only studied the soliton approximate solutions of equations with constant coefficients. In this work, we applied the homotopic mapping method to the variable coefficients perturbed CKdV equation and obtained the approximate solution of the Jacobi elliptic function form.

2. Model and Homotopy Mapping

In this work, we focus on the perturbed CKdV equation with variable coefficients where , , is any function about , is a disturbance term, and is the sufficiently smooth function. This equation is widely used in the field of plasma physics [13], fluid mechanics [14], and quantum field theory [15]. It is fascinating to observe that when , , is constant, , (1) becomes the well-known combined KdV equation, the equation in plasma physics which describes the acoustic wave propagation of a small-amplitude ion without Landau decay. It can be used as a model equation in fluid mechanics; related research can be referred to in [16, 17].

When , (1) becomes the forced combined KdV equation, and the exact solutions of various forms are given in [18, 19], such as solitary wave solutions, trigonometric function solutions, and Jacobian elliptic function solutions. When , [20] studied the elliptic function solution of composite form.

Next, we study the approximate solution of (1). In order to simplify (1), set where are any constants.

By setting , (1) can be expressed as where

For the sake of convenience, let , and (3) can be written as the study on the solution of (1) is translated into the solution of (5).

In order to get the solution of (5), we lead in homotopy mapping.

2.1. Introduction of Homotopy Mapping

Assume we are given nonlinear equation , and boundary condition , , where is the general differential operator, is the boundary operator, is the known analytic function, and is the boundary of the region . Generally speaking, the operator can be decomposed into linear part and nonlinear part . So equation can be written as .

Now we set up homotopy mapping: , where is parameter, is auxiliary function, and .

By (6), we obtain As can be seen from 0 to 1 of is the process of to of ; this is the homotopy deformation. Set is the solution of . So when , is the solution of ; when , the approximate solution of is .

2.2. Approximate Solution of the Jacobi Elliptic Function Form

Aiming at (5), we set up homotopy mapping   :  , where is the auxiliary function; linear operator is expressed as .

By using the generalized ellipse method [21], we can get that the typical KdV equation corresponding to (5) has the following elliptic function solution: When degenerates to the following solitary wave solution: When degenerates to the trigonometric function solution where , is any constant, is the module, and .

One can easily prove that and (5) is the same, so the solution of (5) is the solution of when under the condition .

Let be the solution of ; by [22] we can know this series is uniformly convergent in the . Thus, it yields that

3. Approximate Solution

In order to obtain the approximate solution of (5), we substitute (14) into equation . By taking the auxiliary function and comparing the coefficients of the same power of , one can obtain that where .

From (16) we have

By using the Fourier transform, one can obtain the solution of (17) with the initial condition as follows: Similarly, one also finds the solution of (18) with the initial condition From (11), (12), (13), (20), and (21), the two degree approximate solutions of (5) can be obtained where , is any constant, is the module, and , , When and , degenerates to the following approximate solutions: By comparing the higher power coefficients of , more higher power approximate solutions can also be obtained, and hence the approximate solution of (1) is found.

4. Example

If is the disturbance term of (5), where , (5) becomes

By using the above method in Section 3, one can find each order approximate solution of elliptic function form for (25) as follows: where , is any constant, is the module, and , ,

5. Conclusion

This work studies the perturbed CKdV equation with variable coefficients by using the homotopic mapping method, and two degree approximate solution of the Jacobi elliptic function form are obtained, which can degenerate to solitary wave approximate solution and trigonometric function approximate solution in the limit cases. Furthermore, the approximate solution of the perturbed CKdV is also obtained. Our results show that the homotopic mapping method is applicable to the variable soliton equations. How to apply this method to high degree and high dimension system remains to be further studied.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 61070231), the Outstanding Personal Program in Six Fields of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant no. 2009188), and the Graduate Student Innovation Project of Jiangsu Province (Grant no. CXLX13_673).