"Exponential Asymptotics and Free-Surface Fluid Flow"

16 November 2010
Chris Lustri
We investigate the behaviour of free-surface waves on time-varying potential flow in the limit as the Froude number becomes small. These waves are exponentially small in the Froude number, and are therefore inaccessible to ordinary asymptotic methods. As such, we demonstrate how exponential asymptotic techniques may be applied to the complexified free surface in order to extract information about the wave behaviour on the free surface, using a Lagrangian form of the potential flow equations. We consider the specific case of time-varying flow over a step, and demonstrate that the results are consistent with the steady state case.
  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar