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On the Shape of Progressive Internal Waves

S. A. Thorpe
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Vol. 263, No. 1145 (Dec. 24, 1968), pp. 563-614
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/73432
Page Count: 55
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On the Shape of Progressive Internal Waves
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Abstract

An expansion technique, analogous to that of Stokes in the study of surface waves, is used to investigate the effects of finite amplitude on a progressive train of internal gravity waves. The paper is divided into two main parts, a study of interfacial waves in a two-fluid system and an examination of internal waves in a continuously stratified fluid. Experimental evidence is presented which confirms some of the theoretical predictions. The validity of the Boussinesq approximation is examined and particular examples are taken to illustrate the general results.

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