Finite-amplitude, periodic, sinusoidal waves generated in constant-depth shallow water break down into two or more waves traveling at speeds dependent on their height. These waves are here called solitons (waves resembling solitary waves) after an analagous phenomenom in plasma physics. A large soliton overtakes previously generated smaller solitons, and the amplitude of the larger wave temporarily decreases during the resulting interaction. Test results indicate that an initial sinusoidal wave form produced by the wave generator can be thought of as the forced superposition of a number of solitary waves. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also published in the Proceedings of the Symposium on Long Waves, Delaware University, Newark, 10-11 September 1970, pp 1-32.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Army Coastal Engineering Research Center

    Fort Belvoir, VA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Galvin Jr, C J
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 33 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00044613
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CERC-Reprint-5-72
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1974 12:00AM