NONLINEAR DIFFRACTION BY A VERTICAL CYLINDER

David L. Kriebel

Abstract


A theoretical solution is developed for the interaction of second-order Stokes waves with a large vertical circular cylinder in water of finite depth. The solution is obtained in terms of the velocity potential such that any kinematic or dynamic quantity of interest may be derived, consistent to the second perturbation order. In this study, the second-order wave field around the cylinder is determined, showing the modification of the incident Stokes waves by wave-wave and wave-structure interactions, both in the reflection-dominated up-wave region and in the diffraction-dominated down-wave region. The theory is then compared to experimental data for wave runup and rundown amplitudes on the cylinder as well as for wave crest and trough envelopes in the up-wave and down-wave regions.

Keywords


vertical cylinder; nonlinear diffraction; diffraction

Full Text: PDF

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.