Fluid Dynamics

, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 925–934 | Cite as

Effect of viscosity on the propagation of nonlinear Alfvén waves along a tangential magnetohydrodynamic discontinuity in an incompressible fluid

  • M. S. Ruderman
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Abstract

It is proposed to consider the propagation of surface waves along a tangential magnetohydrodynamic discontinuity in the particular case where the fluid velocities on both sides of the interface are equal to zero. In [1] it was shown that waves called surface Alfvén waves may be propagated along the surface separating a semi-infinite region without a field from a region with a uniform magnetic field. The linear theory of surface Alfvén waves in a compressible medium was considered in [2]. In [3] the damping of surface Alfvén waves as a result of viscosity and heat conduction was investigated. The propagation of low-amplitude nonlinear surface Alfvén waves in an incompressible fluid in the absence of dissipative processes is described by the integrodifferential equation obtained in [4]. By means of a numerical solution of this equation it was shown that a perturbation initially in the form of a sinusoidal wave will break. The breaking time was determined. In this paper the equation derived in [4] is extended to the case of a viscous fluid. It is shown that the equation obtained does not have steady-state solutions. The propagation of periodic disturbances is investigated numerically.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. Ruderman
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow

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