Water Science and Engineering 2012, 5(4) 419-427 DOI:   10.3882/j.issn.1674-2370.2012.04.006  ISSN: 1674-2370 CN: 32-1785/TV

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modulational instability
class-II instability
crescent wave
amplitude spectrum
wave energy transfer
Ya-long ZHOU
Zhi-li ZOU
Article by Ya-long ZHOU
Article by Zhi-li ZOU
Article by Kai YAN

Experimental study on modulational instability and evolution of crescent waves

Ya-long ZHOU*, Zhi-li ZOU, Kai YAN

State Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, P. R. China


A series of experiments on the instability of steep water wave trains in water with finite water depths and infinite water depths in a wide wave basin were performed. It was found that under the coupled development of modulational instability and class-II instability, the initial two-dimensional steep wave trains evolved into three-dimensional crescent waves, followed by the occurrence of disordered water surfaces, and that the wave energy transferred to sidebands in the amplitude spectrum of the water surface elevation. The results also show that water depth has a significant effect on the growth of modulational instability and the evolution of crescent waves. The larger the water depth, the more quickly the modulational instability suppresses class-II instability.

Keywords modulational instability   class-II instability   crescent wave   amplitude spectrum   wave energy transfer  
Received 2011-10-18 Revised 2011-12-26 Online: 2012-12-29 
DOI: 10.3882/j.issn.1674-2370.2012.04.006

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51079024) and the National Foundation for Creative Research Groups (Grant No. 50921001).

Corresponding Authors: Ya-long ZHOU
Email: ylzhou@mail.dlut.edu.cn
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