Russell’s solitary wave in 21st century Scotland

Terziev, Momchil and Tezdogan, Tahsin and Incecik, Atilla (2023) Russell’s solitary wave in 21st century Scotland. In: 1st International Workshop on Ship-Induced Hydrodynamic Loads in Shallow Confined Coastal Waterways, 2023-03-22 - 2023-03-24.

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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