Journal of Engineering Mathematics

, Volume 70, Issue 1–3, pp 137–146 | Cite as

On tsunami and the regularized solitary-wave theory

  • Theodore Yaotsu Wu
  • Sunao Murashige


For ideal hydrodynamic modeling of earthquake-generated tsunamis, the principal features of tsunamis occuring in nature are abstracted to provide a fundamental case of a one-dimensional solitary wave of height a, propagating in a layer of water of uniform rest depth h for modeling the tsunami progressing in the open ocean over long range, with height down to a/h ≃ 10−4 as commonly known. The Euler model is adopted for evaluating the irrotational flow in an incompressible and inviscid fluid to attain exact solutions so that the effects of nonlinearity and wave dispersion can both be fully accounted for with maximum relative error of O(10−6) or less. Such high accuracy is needed to predict the wave-energy distribution as the wave magnifies to deliver any devastating attack on coastal destinations. The present UIFE method, successful in giving the maximum wave of height (a/h = 0.8331990) down to low ones (e.g. a/h = 0.01), becomes, however, impractical for similar evaluations of the dwarf waves (a/h < 0.01) due to the algebraic branch singularities rising too high to be accurately resolved. Here, these singularities are all removed by introducing regularized coordinates under conformal mapping to establish the regularized solitary-wave theory. This theory is ideal to differentiate between the nonlinear and dispersive effects in various premises for producing an optimal tsunami model, with new computations all regular uniformly down to such low tsunamis as that of height a/h = 10−4.


1-D tsunami wave Conformal mapping Dwarf solitary waves Optimal tsunami model Regularized coordinates Regularized solitary-wave theory Tsunami energy distribution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering and Applied ScienceCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.School of Systems Information ScienceFuture University HakodateHakodate, HokkaidoJapan

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