Wavelength selection and symmetry breaking in orbital wave ripples

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Sand ripples formed by waves have a uniformwavelength while at equilibrium and develop defects while adjusting to changes in the flow. These patterns arise from the interaction of the flow with the bed topography, but the specific mechanisms have not been fully explained. We use numerical flow models and laboratory wave tank experiments to explore the… (More)

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@inproceedings{Nienhuis2014WavelengthSA, title={Wavelength selection and symmetry breaking in orbital wave ripples}, author={Jaap Nienhuis and J Taylor Perron and Justin Kao and Paul M. Myrow}, year={2014} }