On the changes in phase speed of one train of water waves in the presence of another

S. J. Hogan, Idith Gruman, M. Stiassnie

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Abstract

We present calculations of the change in phase speed of one train of water waves in the presence of another. We use a general method, based on Zakharov's (1968) integral equation. It is shown that the change in phase speed of each wavetrain is directly proportional to the square of the amplitude of the other. This generalizes the work of Longuet-Higgins & Phillips (1962) who considered gravity waves only. In the important case of gravity-capillary waves, we present the correct form of the Zakharov kernel. This is used to find the expressions for the changes in phase speed. These results are then checked using a perturbation method based on that of Longuet-Higgins & Phillips (1962). Agreement to 6 significant digits has been obtained between the calculations based on these two distinct methods. Full numerical results in the form of polar diagrams over a wide range of wavelengths, away from conditions of triad resonance, are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-114
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume192
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988

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