JournalsaihpcVol. 29, No. 6pp. 861–885

The Stokes conjecture for waves with vorticity

  • Eugen Varvaruca

    Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 220, Reading RG6 6AX, UK
  • Georg S. Weiss

    Department of Mathematics, Heinrich Heine University, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
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We study stagnation points of two-dimensional steady gravity free-surface water waves with vorticity.

We obtain for example that, in the case where the free surface is an injective curve, the asymptotics at any stagnation point is given either by the “Stokes corner flow” where the free surface has a corner of 120°, or the free surface ends in a horizontal cusp, or the free surface is horizontally flat at the stagnation point. The cusp case is a new feature in the case with vorticity, and it is not possible in the absence of vorticity.

In a second main result we exclude horizontally flat singularities in the case that the vorticity is 0 on the free surface. Here the vorticity may have infinitely many sign changes accumulating at the free surface, which makes this case particularly difficult and explains why it has been almost untouched by research so far.

Our results are based on calculations in the original variables and do not rely on structural assumptions needed in previous results such as isolated singularities, symmetry and monotonicity.

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Eugen Varvaruca, Georg S. Weiss, The Stokes conjecture for waves with vorticity. Ann. Inst. H. Poincaré Anal. Non Linéaire 29 (2012), no. 6, pp. 861–885

DOI 10.1016/J.ANIHPC.2012.05.001