# Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics

Volume 19, Issue Supplement 1, November 2012, Pages 137 - 160

# A Problem in the Classical Theory of Water Waves: Weakly Nonlinear Waves in the Presence of Vorticity

Authors
Robin Stanley Johnson
School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK,r.s.johnson@ncl.ac.uk
Received 18 May 2012, Accepted 20 June 2012, Available Online 28 November 2012.
DOI
10.1142/S1402925112400128How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Water waves; soliton equations; asymptotic expansions; nonlinear waves; vorticity
Abstract

The classical water-wave problem is described, and two parameters (ε-amplitude; δ-long wave or shallow water) are introduced. We describe various nonlinear problems involving weak nonlinearity (ε → 0) associated with equations of integrable type (“soliton” equations), but with vorticity. The familiar problem of propagation governed by the Korteweg–de Vries (KdV) equation is introduced, but allowing for an arbitrary distribution of vorticity. The effect of the constant vorticity on the solitary wave is described. The corresponding problem for the Nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation is briefly mentioned but not explored here. The problem of two-way propagation (admitting head-on collisions), as described by the Boussinesq equation, is examined next. This leads to a new equation: the Boussinesq-type equation valid for constant vorticity. However, this cannot be transformed into an integrable Boussinesq equation (as is possible for the corresponding KdV and NLS equations). The solitary-wave solution for this new equation is presented. A description of the Camassa–Holm equation for water waves, with constant vorticity, with its solitary-wave solution, is described. Finally, we outline the problem of propagation of small-amplitude, large-radius ring waves over a flow with vorticity (representing a background flow in one direction). Some properties of this flow, for constant vorticity, are described.

Open Access

Journal
Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics
Volume-Issue
19 - Supplement 1
Pages
137 - 160
Publication Date
2012/11/28
ISSN (Online)
1776-0852
ISSN (Print)
1402-9251
DOI
10.1142/S1402925112400128How to use a DOI?
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