Nonlinear waves in a Kelvin-Helmholtz flow Academic Article uri icon


  • Nonlinear waves on the interface of two incompressible in viscid fluids of different densities and arbitrary surface tension are analysed using the method of multiple scales. Third-order equations are presented for the space and time variation of the wavenumber, frequency, amplitude and phase of stable waves. A third-order expansion is also given for wavenumbers near the linear neutrally stable wave-numbers. A second-order expansion is presented for wavenumbers near the second harmonic resonant wavenumber, for which the fundamental and its second harmonic have the same phase velocity. This expansion shows that this resonance does not lead to instabilities. 1972, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics

author list (cited authors)

  • Nayfeh, A. H., & Saric, W. S.

citation count

  • 82

complete list of authors

  • Nayfeh, Ali Hasan||Saric, William S

publication date

  • January 1972