Wave Patterns Due to a Point Impulse Travelling over Free Surface of Water of Finite Depth

  • Published : 1996.05.01


If a point impulse travels over free surface of water of finite depth, surface waves consist of divergent waves. The crestlines of those divergent waves are short and end on the cusp line if the impulse travels at a subcritical speed. But the crestlines become infinitely long and there are no cusps if the impulse travels at a supercritical speed.