A Model for Surface Wave Growth

  • A. J. Croft
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 12)


Most theories, for example, Kelvin-Helmholtz (1968), Miles (1957) and Phillips (1957) are concerned with the instability which gives rise to the formation of surface water waves due to the action of the wind. These theories fail to predict by a substantial amount the observed growth in the surface wave elevation. The model to be considered goes to the other extreme in that we consider some effects of a high speed wind on an already existing train of surface waves.


Free Surface Surface Wave High Speed Wind Kinematic Condition Shear Stress Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Croft
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsCoventry (Lanchester) PolytechnicUK

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