Traveling surface waves of moderate amplitude in shallow water

Armengol Gasull, Anna Geyer

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We study traveling wave solutions of an equation for surface waves of moderate amplitude arising as a shallow water approximation of the Euler equations for inviscid, incompressible and homogeneous fluids. We obtain solitary waves of elevation and depression, including a family of solitary waves with compact support, where the amplitude may increase or decrease with respect to the wave speed. Our approach is based on techniques from dynamical systems and relies on a reformulation of the evolution equation as an autonomous Hamiltonian system which facilitates an explicit expression for bounded orbits in the phase plane to establish existence of the corresponding periodic and solitary traveling wave solutions. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-119
JournalNonlinear Analysis, Theory, Methods and Applications
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014


  • Compact support
  • Homoclinic orbit
  • Shallow water
  • Solitary waves


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