Cylindrical solitary waves

  • Allen T. Chwang
  • Theodore Y. Wu
Part II. — Tsunami Generation and Propagation
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 64)


Equations of motion of the Boussinesq or Korteweg-deVries type are derived for three-dimensional (axisymmetrical), weakly nonlinear, long waves in water of variable depth. Typical numerical solutions are presented for the propagation and focusing of a cylindrical solitary wave over an ocean of constant depth, or over a submerged conical island of constant slope.


Phase Velocity Solitary Wave Constant Depth Incoming Wave Cylindrical Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allen T. Chwang
    • 1
  • Theodore Y. Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.Engineering Science DepartmentCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadena

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