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wave line theory


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One which explains the pattern of waves caused by floating bodies when moving along the surface of the water. It was formulated by the British engineer and naval architect John Scott Russell (1808–82), who found that when a floating body, such as a ship, moves through the water it creates a wave system around itself which is the complex result of varying pressures below the surface of the water. From these observations Russell developed a theory of wave formation and pattern which, although not accepted by naval architects today, was very influential in naval architecture and shipbuilding in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

See also hydrodynamics.

See also hydrodynamics.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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