Purely fluid dynamics solution of an important problem

Solitons can be a big problem for oil rigs. In one incident in the Andaman Sea, a soliton shunted a drilling rig so hard it broke the drill string, the rotating pipe that drives the drill bit. Repairing such damage can be seriously expensive.

Read more on … Oceanology: Smart buoys warn oil rigs of freak waves – tech – 02 April 2010 – New Scientist.

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