Title: Experiments on transverse waves

Authors: Li-Mei Deng; Allen T. Chwang

Addresses: Rm 801, Entrance 1, Building 28, Liuxing Huayuan A, Huilongguan, Changping District, Beijing 102208, China ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Abstract: Transverse Waves (TWs) are waves with the crest lines perpendicular to the wavemaker and have the same frequency as that of incident waves. TWs have been shown to appear in the cross-section of a water channel when the incident-wave wavelength is less than or equal to twice the channel width. TWs are further studied experimentally to investigate their occurrence conditions. A series of experiments are conducted in a channel with rectangular cross-sections and constant width. The characteristics and the occurrence conditions of TWs are obtained. The effects of some parameters, such as the channel width, incident wavelength, driving amplitude and driving frequency, on the occurrence of TWs are investigated. Also shown are the growth rate and maximum amplitude of TWs. A possible resonance mechanism of TW is qualitatively discussed.

Keywords: occurrence conditions; transverse waves; wave frequency; water channels.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2012.046312

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2012 Vol.43 No.3, pp.260 - 267

Published online: 03 Apr 2012 *

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