Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Experiments on collisions between solitary waves

T.  Maxworthy a1
a1 Departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

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Experiments on ‘head-on’ collisions between two solitary waves show that the waves reach a maximum amplitude greater than twice the initial wave amplitude and that they suffer a time delay during their interaction. These results are compared with available theories and found to be in qualitative but not quantitative agreement.

(Published Online April 11 2006)
(Received September 16 1975)
(Revised February 12 1976)