Final rept. 1 Nov 1985-31 Oct 1988
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE DEPT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING MECHANICS AND ENGINEERING SCIENCE
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The goal of this research project was to study instabilities and long-time evolution of water wavetrains induced by gravitation and surface tension, i.e. gravity-capillary waves or ripples, which have frequencies in the range of 5-50 Hz on clean deep water. The research project was heavily experimental, requiring concomitant development of laboratory apparatus. This equipment was purchased and installed during the period of this contract, and it was used in the later portion of the research program. First, developments of the ripple laboratory are summarized. Second, some results obtained during the early period of the contract are described. Third, some results obtained during the later period of the contract that exploited the newer laboratory apparatus are described.
- Fluid Mechanics