In this paper we consider the one-parameter family of Bona-Smith systems, which belongs to the class of Boussinesq systems modelling two-way propagation of long waves of small amplitude on the surface of water in a channel. We study three initial-boundary-value problems for these systems, corresponding, respectively, to nonhomogeneous Dirichlet, reflection, and periodic boundary conditions posed at the endpoints of a finite spatial interval, and establish existence and uniqueness of their solutions. We prove that the initial-boundary-value problem with Dirichlet boundary conditions is well posed in appropriate spaces locally in time, while the analogous problems with reflection and periodic boundary conditions are globally well posed under mild restrictions on the initial data.
"Initial-boundary-value problems for the Bona-Smith family of Boussinesq systems." Adv. Differential Equations 14 (1/2) 27 - 53, January/February 2009.