Extrema of the dynamic pressure in a solitary wave

François Genoud

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We study the dynamic pressure in an irrotational solitary wave propagating at the surface of water over a flat bed, under the influence of gravity. We consider the nonlinear regime, that is, the case of waves of moderate to large amplitude. We prove that, independently of the wave amplitude, the maximum of the dynamic pressure is attained at the wave crest, while its minimum is attained at infinity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-71
Number of pages7
JournalNonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods & Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Dynamic pressure
  • Incompressible Euler equation
  • Solitary waves


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