Accession Number : AD0722615

Title :   The Optics of Ripple Tanks.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : VERMONT UNIV BURLINGTON

Personal Author(s) : Walbridge,Nelson L. ; Smith,Howard M. , Jr

Report Date : 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : Ripple tanks have been used for many years to study wave motion. Some device is used to create ripples on a liquid surface. More recently this device has almost invariably been a vibrating body at the surface of a liquid. The study of the wave form has been advanced by strobing a light source with the same frequency as that of the vibrating body. Several changes were made for the specific purposes of the work and are described. Many of the equations for the optical behavior of a ripple are independent of its specific wave form. So the first five sections of this report are treated in a general manner, deriving equations which can be applied to waves of various shapes. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WATER WAVES, SIMULATORS), (*LIGHT TRANSMISSION, WATER WAVES), REFRACTION, FOCUSING, OPTICAL IMAGES, ILLUMINATION, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Fluid Mechanics
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE