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Streamline pattern of a solitary wave?

  1. Apr 12, 2007 #1
    Hi all!
    How shall a streamline pattern of a solitary wave look like?
    I can hardly find people plotting and discussing this, how this is the case?
    It shall be reasonable to ask for the streamline pattern of a solitary wave, isn't it?
    If I want to plot the velocity field of the solitary wave, all I basically need is to work out the velocity field after obtaining the surface evolution equation, isn't it?
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  3. Apr 14, 2007 #2

    Chris Hillman

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    Are you asking for the velocity field of a shallow water wave corresponding to a traveling wave solution of the KdV equation? I already pointed out that the sech solitons are not the only wave solutions. See Drazin and Johnson.
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