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Journal Articles Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics Year : 2011

Resurrecting Dead-water Phenomenon


We revisit experimental studies performed by Ekman on dead-water using modern techniques in order to present new insights on this peculiar phenomenon. We extend its description to more general situations such as a three-layer fluid or a linearly stratified fluid in presence of a pycnocline, showing the robustness of dead-water phenomenon. We observe large amplitude nonlinear internal waves which are coupled to the boat dynamics, and we emphasize that the modeling of the wave-induced drag requires more analysis, taking into account nonlinear effects.
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ensl-00573543 , version 1 (04-03-2011)



Matthieu Mercier, Romain Vasseur, Thierry Dauxois. Resurrecting Dead-water Phenomenon. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 2011, 18, pp.193. ⟨ensl-00573543⟩
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