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Resurrecting Dead-water Phenomenon : Volume 18, Issue 2 (11/03/2011)

By Mercier, M. J.

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Title: Resurrecting Dead-water Phenomenon : Volume 18, Issue 2 (11/03/2011)  
Author: Mercier, M. J.
Volume: Vol. 18, Issue 2
Language: English
Subject: Science, Nonlinear, Processes
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Dauxois, T., Mercier, M. J., & Vasseur, R. (2011). Resurrecting Dead-water Phenomenon : Volume 18, Issue 2 (11/03/2011). Retrieved from

Description: Université de Lyon, Laboratoire de Physique de l'École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS, France. We revisit experimental studies performed by Ekman on dead-water (Ekman, 1904) 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.

Dedicated to Fridtjöf Nansen born 150 yr ago (10 October 1861).

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