Journal of Undergraduate Research


internal wave generation, stratified fluid, tank


Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology


Mechanical Engineering


Internal waves are three dimensional waves that propagate within a stratified fluid. They are able to propagate in all directions within our atmosphere and the oceans which are both stratified fluids of continuously changing densities. Internal waves are much larger than surface waves, having wavelengths of hundreds of kilometers and amplitudes more than a kilometer in height. Due to their large size they can be difficult to study in nature, and there is still much to be learned about these waves and their impact on the environment. My research has focused on the generation of internal waves by the motion of large bodies (whales, submarines, etc.) within the ocean.