Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics
Vol.02 No.08(2014), Article ID:47896,5 pages

The Solitary Waves Solutions of the Internal Wave Benjamin-Ono Equation

Xianghua Meng

School of Applied Science, Beijing Information Science and Technology University, Beijing, China


Copyright © 2014 by author and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).

Received 25 May 2014; revised 28 June 2014; accepted 10 July 2014


The Benjamin-ono (BO) equation is an important nonlinear wave model which can describe the deep oceanic internal wave propagation. In this paper, the multi-algebraic solitary wave solutions for the internal wave BO equation including the linear velocity term in matrix form are given by the bilinear form. Based on the analytic solutions of the BO equation obtained in this paper and considering the hydrological parameters, the propagation of one-solitary wave and different kinds of interaction for the two-solitary waves are discussed and illustrated.


Internal Wave Benjamin-Ono Equation, Soliton Interaction

1. Introduction

Since the solitary wave was discovered in 1834, the researches on the nonlinear solitary wave propagation phenomena have been widely developed [1] . The internal solitary wave (ISW) is the nonlinear large amplitude wave existing in the ocean pycnocline. The ISWs have been observed by the synthetic aperture radar and on-site measurement in several ocean areas [2] . They have very great influence on the oceanic engineering, military and biology and so on. The research on the ISWs is a hot topic in the field of oceanology ( [3] and references therein). With regard to the different marine circumstances, the ISWs propagation can be described by different nonlinear differential equations [4] [5] . The study on the internal wave equations is an effective way for discussing the ISW propagation features [6] [7] . According to the depth of the interface where the ISWs occur, the governing equations can be divided into the shallow water and deep water internal wave models [8] [9] . The deep ocean area is very huge and there exists abundant resources. Nowadays, the offshore oil and gas resources have become less and less in most regions of the world. It is a trend to explore the deep ocean. The deep oceanic internal waves may bring very big influence to the exploitation of the deep ocean. Thus, the researches on the internal waves in the deep ocean deserve a lot.

One of the deep oceanic ISW equations is the Benjamin-Ono (BO) equation with the form

, (1)

with. denotes the Hilbert transformation,

and the coefficients are




where is the density of the lower fluid and is that of the upper, and is the depth of the upper fluid. The BO equation is an integro-differential type equation which can describe the internal wave propagation in a deep stratified fluid [10] - [12] . It can also describe the mesoscale motion in the atmosphere if the meridional disturbance wind is weak [13] . Without the linear velocity term, the BO type equation has been investigated theoretically and numerically [14] - [16] . To our knowledge, the mutli-solitary wave solutions for Equation (1) have not been given. In soliton theory, there are many analytical methods for solving the nonlinear differential equations, among which the bilinear method is one direct and efficient way for obtaining the multi-solitary wave solutions [17] - [19] . In this paper, we will derive the multi-solitary wave solutions analytically for Equation (1) using the bilinear method and discuss the propagation and interaction features based on the obtained analytic results.

This paper will be organized as following. In Section 2, the multi-solitary wave solutions for the BO equation will be presented. In Section 3, the propagation analysis for the multi-solitary waves will be given. And then, the last section will be the conclusion.

2. Multi Internal Solitary Waves Solutions

Firstly, the BO Equation (1) is bilinearized under the dependent variable transformation

, (2)

with. Substituting the transformation into Equation (1), we can obtain

, (3)

Integrating once in both sides with respect to and choosing the integration constant to be zero, Equation (3) becomes

. (4)

According to Ref. [12] , the BO Equation (1) has the algebraic one-solitary solution as below,

, (5)

with the nonlinear phase speed


and characteristic half width of the soliton


We can rewrite the solution (5) as the following form,




. (7)

According to the procedure presented by Matsuno [14] for BO equation without linear velocity term, the internal wave BO Equation (1) including linear velocity term can be transformed to be the bilinear form

, (8)

where and are the bilinear derivative operators [20] defined as,


Based on the bilinear Equation (8) and using the bilinear method, the N-solitary wave solution for Equation (1) is given in the matrix form,

, (9)

whose entries are,




For, the solution given by expression (9) agrees with the solution (5). For the two-solitary wave solution, is in the following form

, (12)



3. Solitary Wave Propagation and Interaction

Using the multi-solitary wave solutions given by solution (9), different kinds of multi-solitary wave interactions can be figured and observed. In this section, based on the obtained exact solutions of the BO equation, the propagation and interaction for the internal solitary waves will be given and discussed. The hydrographic parameters are given as: the depth is above 2000 m. The pycnocline depth can be given as. The upper den-

sity, the lower is and the density difference is.

Figure 1 plots the descent one-solitary wave propagation. Using the two-solitary wave solution, we can discuss two solitons interaction. In Figure 2, two solitons propagate parallel with and. We can see that the soliton with large amplitude locates before the one with the small amplitude. The larger soliton is with the velocity of and the smaller one with, so that the larger soliton will propagate faster than the smaller one. And the two solitons propagate without interaction. In Figure 3, we can see two oblique solitons interaction with and. From Figure 3, the soliton with the larger amplitude meets the one with the small amplitude and interaction happens, and then they remain the shapes of each other after interaction.

4. Conclusion

In this paper, the multi-solitary wave solutions of the Benjamin-Ono equation which can describe the internal

Figure 1. The one-solitary wave propagation plot with amplitude 40 m.

(a) (b)

Figure 2. (a) Two parallel solitons; (b) The sectional plots of two parallel solitons interaction at different times.

(a) (b)

Figure 3. (a) The contour plot of two oblique solitons; (b) The sectional plots of two oblique solitons interaction at different times.

wave propagation in the deep ocean are given. Using the obtained analytic solutions, we have discussed the one- and two-solitary internal wave propagation and interaction. With different amplitudes, the different kinds of interactions of solitons may happen. It is hoped that the analytic results obtained in this paper is helpful for further study on the deep ocean internal waves.


This work has been supported by Beijing Excellent Talent Training Project (2013D005007000003), the Scientific Research Project of Beijing Educational Committee (No. SQKM201211232016) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 61072145.


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