Russell’s solitary wave in 21st century Scotland

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Abstract

At the end of the 19th century, Scotland's relatively new canals were abuzz with activity. Canal boats were transporting bulk cargo and people, stimulating a flourishing economy. Darrigol [1] recants the well-known fable of the discovery of the solitary wave by John Scott Russel when a horse pulling a boat was frightened into gallop. To everyone's surprise, the boat offered less resistance than at low speeds. Exploiting that discovery, businesses began offering high-speed boat services from Glasgow to Edinburgh along the Forth and Clyde Canal. This paper aims to investigate the occurrence of solitary waves on Scotland's canals
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2023
Event1st International Workshop on Ship-Induced Hydrodynamic Loads in Shallow Confined Coastal Waterways - , Germany
Duration: 22 Mar 202324 Mar 2023

Workshop

Workshop1st International Workshop on Ship-Induced Hydrodynamic Loads in Shallow Confined Coastal Waterways
Country/TerritoryGermany
Period22/03/2324/03/23

Keywords

  • canals
  • solitary wave
  • waterways

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