Abstract
The main challenge in deriving a Boussinesq model for water wave is to model accurately the dispersion and nonlinearity of waves. The dispersion is a depthdependent relation between the wave speed and the wavelength. A Boussinesqtype model can be derived from the socalled variational principle in which the wave phenomena can be exactly described as a Hamiltonian system. The challenge is then to approximate the kinetic energy. The Variational Boussinesq Model (VBM) is derived by restricting the vertical flow in the kinetic energy into a subclass of fluid potentials: a sum of its value at the free surface and a linear combination of vertical profiles with spatially dependent functions as coefficients. The minimization property of the kinetic energy requires that these spatial functions have to satisfy a (linear) elliptic equation. The vertical profile is chosen a priori and determine completely the dispersive properties of the model. In this thesis, we use socalled vertical Airy profiles functions, which appear in the exact expression for harmonic waves of linear potential theory. Using these functions we can get flexibility to improve the dispersion. This improvement is based on a method to use in an optimal way the parameters (wavenumbers) in the vertical Airy profiles so that broadband waves such as windwaves can be dealt with. The optimal choice follows again by exploiting the minimization property of the kinetic energy. However, to become practically applicable, information from the initial state is needed. This has as consequence that each specific problem gets a tailormade model, with dispersion that is sufficiently accurate for all waves under consideration. The underlying variational formulation of the model has been used to design a numerical Finite Element implementation; simple piecewise linear splines can be used since no higher than first order spatial derivatives appear in the positive definite Hamiltonian. The quality of our modeling is shown by results of simulations for various cases of broadband waves. Simulations of irregular wind waves are compared for various cases with recent experiments by MARIN hydrodynamics laboratory. Finally we show simulations for realistic windwaves in the complicated geometry and bathymetry of the Jakarta harbour.
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Award date  24 May 2012 
Place of Publication  Enschede 
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Print ISBNs  9789036533515 
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Publication status  Published  24 May 2012 
Keywords
 METIS287916
 IR80387
 EWI22024
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Adytia, D. (2012). Coastal zone simulations with variations Boussinesq modelling. Enschede: University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036533515