Three-dimensional non-linear rotating surface waves in channels of variable depth in the presence of formation of a small perturbation of atmospheric pressure across the channel

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Nail H. Ibragimov, Rakhim Aitbayev, Ranis Ibragimov
Title: Three-dimensional non-linear rotating surface waves in channels of variable depth in the presence of formation of a small perturbation of atmospheric pressure across the channel
Journal: Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
Year: 2009
Volume: 14
Issue: 11
Pagination: 3811-3820
ISSN: 1007-5704
Publisher: Elsevier Science
URI/DOI: 10.1016/j.cnsns.2008.09.013
ISI number: 000266896800014
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Mathematics & Natural Sciences (Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap - Avd.för matematik och naturvetenskap)
School of Engineering S-371 79 Karlskrona
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Language: English
Abstract: We consider three-dimensional free-boundary problem on the propagation of incompressible, homogeneous and inviscid fluid with zero surface tension confined in a channel of variable depth. Since for large-scale flows the fluid motion is affected by the rotation of the earth, the model is considered in rotating reference frame. Additionally, small atmospheric pressure variations across the channel are taken into account. It is shown that the non-trivial solution to the problem represents three-dimensional solitary wave which is given by the rotation modified Korteweg-de Vries equation (fKdV):

b(1)xi(xxx) + b(2)xi xi(x) + b(3)(f)xi(x) = 0,

where x is the down-channel coordinate and the coefficients b(i) (i = 1,2,3) of the resulting fKdV equation depend on the transverse topography of the channel and, additionally, b(3) depends on the Coriolis parameter f. It is also shown that if the vertical profile of the channel is symmetric about the vertical axis, the small atmospheric variations will not appear in the resulting fKdV equation. The effects of channel's cross-sectional geometry on the shape of the resulting three-dimensional wave profile in a longitudinal direction are studied numerically. Additionally, to better understand the effects of the Earth rotation, the above analysis is performed at different latitudes. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Subject: Mathematics\General
Keywords: Free-boundary problem, Solitary waves, Earth rotation, Variable depth
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