Experiment of Oblique Reflection of Solitary Wave

  • Akitsugu Nadai
  • Yoshinobu Tsuji
Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 1)


We conduct indoor experiments of the oblique reflection of solitary waves, paying special attention to the 2-dimensional features of the wave crests, examined by measuring 2-dimensional water surface displacements. The critical angle of incidence between regular and Mach reflection is found to be about 50 degrees. Our experiment also suggests that the difference between the angles of incidence and reflection depends on the incident wave height. The growth rate of the stem wave depends on both the amplitude and the angle of incidence.


Solitary Wave Wave Height Incident Wave Critical Angle Thick Solid Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akitsugu Nadai
    • 1
  • Yoshinobu Tsuji
    • 2
  1. 1.Okinawa Radio ObservatoryCommunications Research Laboratory, M.P.T.OkinawaJapan
  2. 2.Earthquake Research InstituteUniversity of TokyoTokyo 113Japan

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