SHALLOW WATER WAVES A COMPARISON OF THEORIES AND EXPERIMENTS

Bernard Le Mahaute, David Divoky, Albert Lin

Abstract


A series of experiments were performed to determine the velocity field and other characteristics of large amplitude shallow water waves. The experimental results were compared with the predictions of a variety of wave theories including those commonly used in engineering practice. While no theory was found exceptionally accurate, the cnoidal wave theory of Keulegan and Patterson appears most adequate for the range of wavelengths and water depths studied.

Keywords


shallow waves; theory/experiment comparison

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