American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

August  2014, 34(8): 3241-3285. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2014.34.3241

Steady stratified periodic gravity waves with surface tension I: Local bifurcation

 1 University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201, United States

Received  July 2013 Revised  September 2013 Published  January 2014

In this paper we consider two-dimensional, stratified, steady water waves propagating over an impermeable flat bed and with a free surface. The motion is assumed to be driven by capillarity (that is, surface tension) on the surface and a gravitational force acting on the body of the fluid. We prove the existence of small-amplitude solutions. This is accomplished by first constructing a 1-parameter family of laminar flow solutions, $\mathcal{T}$, then applying bifurcation theory methods to obtain local curves of small amplitude solutions branching from $\mathcal{T}$ at an eigenvalue of the linearized problem.
Citation: Samuel Walsh. Steady stratified periodic gravity waves with surface tension I: Local bifurcation. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A, 2014, 34 (8) : 3241-3285. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2014.34.3241
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