RANDOM BREAKING WAVES HORIZONTAL SEABED

Hans Peter Riedel, Anthony Paul Byrne

Abstract


According to wave theories the depth limited wave height over a horizontal seabed has a wave height to water depth ratio (H/d) of about 0.8. Flume experiments with monochromatic waves over a horizontal seabed have failed to produce H/d ratios greater than 0.55. However designers still tend to use H/d 0.8 for their design waves. Experiments have been carried out using random wave trains in the flume over a horizontal seabed. These experiments have shown that the limiting H/d ratio of 0.55 applies equally well to random waves.

Keywords


wave breaking; random waves; horizontal bed

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