Nonlinear Waves in Fluids: Recent Advances and Modern Applications

  • Roger Grimshaw

Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 483)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Roger Grimshaw
    Pages 1-28
  3. Frédéric Dias, Thomas Bridges
    Pages 29-67
  4. J. Vanneste
    Pages 69-94
  5. Oliver Bühler
    Pages 95-133

About this book


Although nonlinear waves occur in nearly all branches of physics and engi­ neering, there is an amazing degree of agreement about the fundamental con­ cepts and the basic paradigms. The underlying unity of the theory for linearized waves is already well-established, with the importance of such universal concepts as group velocity and wave superposition. For nonlinear waves the last few decades have seen the emergence of analogous unifying comcepts. The pervasiveness of the soliton concept is amply demonstrated by the ubiquity of such models as the Korteweg-de Vries equation and the nonlinear Schrodinger equation. Similarly, there is a universality in the study of wave-wave interactions, whether determin­ istic or statistical, and in the recent developments in the theory of wave-mean flow interactions. The aim of this text is to present the basic paradigms of weakly nonlinear waves in fluids. This book is the outcome of a CISM Summer School held at Udine from September 20-24, 2004. . Like the lectures given there the text covers asymptotic methods for the derivation of canonical evolution equations, such as the Kortew- de Vries and nonlinear Schrodinger equations, descriptions of the basic solution sets of these evolution equations, and the most relevant and compelling applica­ tions. These themes are interlocked, and this will be demonstrated throughout the text . The topics address any fluid flow application, but there is a bias towards geophysical fluid dynamics, reflecting for the most part the areas where many applications have been found.


applied mathematics dynamics fluid dynamics fluid flow fluid mechanics mechanics nonlinear wave physics turbulence waves

Editors and affiliations

  • Roger Grimshaw
    • 1
  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information CISM, Udine 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-211-25259-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-211-38025-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0254-1971
  • Series Online ISSN 2309-3706
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