VELOCITY FIELD MEASUREMENTS AND THEORETICAL COMPARISONS FOR NON-LINEAR WAVES ON MILD SLOPES

Paul A. Quinn, Marco Petti, Michele Drago, Clive A. Greater

Abstract


The way in which the Boussinesq and Serre models deal with the internal kinematics of waves on mildly sloping beaches is examined. The equation normally used on the depth-averaged horizontal velocity to impose a parabolic profile vertically up through the wave is studied using experimentally and theoretically obtained values. In general, it is found that for near-bed regions the equation provides satisfactory comparisons, however, as one approaches the surface the theoretical values can substantially exceed the experimental ones, particularly in the crest of the wave.

Keywords


mild slope; velocity field; velocity measurement; theoretical comparison; nonlinear waves

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