The backwash vortex

N. Matsunaga, H. Honji

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A backwash vortex has been observed under waves running up a sloping bed. The vortex is formed at the edge of the swash zone when backwash turns back into an oncoming wave bore. The vortex eroded a bed consisting of glass beads, and formed a step which induced the formation of sand ripples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-815
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1980
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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