In this paper we express the linearized dynamics of interacting interfacial waves in stratified shear flows in the compact form of action-angle Hamilton's equations. The pseudo-energy serves as the Hamiltonian of the system, the action coordinates are the contribution of the interfacial waves to the wave action and the angles are the phases of the interfacial waves. The term 'generalized action angle' aims to emphasize that the action of each wave is generally time dependent and this allows for instability. An attempt is made to relate this formalism to the action at a distance resonance instability mechanism between counter-propagating vorticity waves via the global conservations of pseudo-energy and pseudo-momentum.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of Fluid Mechanics|
|Early online date||17 Nov 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Jan 2018|
- Hamiltonian theory
- shear layers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
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- Civil Engineering - Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics (Teaching and Research)