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Breakdown of the Whitham Modulation Theory and the Emergence of Dispersion

Bridges, TJ (2015) Breakdown of the Whitham Modulation Theory and the Emergence of Dispersion Studies in Applied Mathematics.

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Abstract

A Wiley Company. The Whitham modulation theory for periodic traveling waves of PDEs generated by a Lagrangian produces first-order dispersionless PDEs that are, generically, either hyperbolic or elliptic. In this paper, degeneracy of the Whitham equations is considered where one of the characteristic speeds is zero. In this case, the Whitham equations are no longer valid. Reformulation and rescaling show that conservation of wave action morphs into the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation on a longer time scale thereby generating dispersion in the Whitham modulation equations even for finite amplitude waves.

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Date : 1 January 2015
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1111/sapm.12086
Additional Information : © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 10:55
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 10:55
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808290

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