Hydroelastic wake on a thin elastic sheet floating on water Journal Articles uri icon

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  • We investigate the hydroelastic wake created by a perturbation moving at constant speed along a thin elastic sheet floating at the surface of deep water. Using a high-resolution cross-correlation imaging technique, we characterize the waves as a function of the perturbation speed, for different sheet thicknesses. The general theoretical expression for the dispersion relation of hydroelastic waves includes three components: gravity, bending and stretching. The bending modulus and the tension in the sheet are independently measured. Excellent agreement is found between the experimental data and the theoretical expression.


  • Ono-dit-Biot, Jean-Christophe
  • Trejo, Miguel
  • Loukiantcheko, Elsie
  • Lauch, Max
  • Raphaël, Elie
  • Dalnoki-Veress, Kari
  • Salez, Thomas

publication date

  • January 24, 2019