Long-Distance Wave-Group Propagation using a Variational Boussinesq Model

Brenny van Groesen, Gert Klopman

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    Water waves at sea are always grouped: sequences of higher waves are alternated by sequences of lower waves. Due to non-linearity, the wave groups are accompanied by bound sub- and super-harmonic wave components, as well as by amplitude dispersion besides the linear frequency dispersion. When modelling the wave motion, one has to distinguish the horizontal propagation space of the waves and a vertical cross-space. Starting from a variational principle we integrate out the vertical cross-space by using a Boussinesq-type polynomial approximation for the vertical flow structure. This results in a model maintaining the positivedefiniteness of the Hamiltonian, which leads to good dynamic behaviour of the approximate equations. At the conference, we will show how the model can be used to propagate wave groups above slowly-varying sea bed over large distances, predicting the changes in the wave group shape and the generation of free long waves (which are important for moored ship dynamics and coastal morphology).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings International Conference on Applied Mathematics 2005
    Place of PublicationBandung, Indonesia
    PublisherInstitut Teknologi Bandung
    Number of pages1
    ISBN (Print)90-3652244-7
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2005
    EventInternational Conference on Applied Mathematics, ICAM 2005 - Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
    Duration: 22 Aug 200526 Aug 2005


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Applied Mathematics, ICAM 2005
    Abbreviated titleICAM


    • Variational method
    • Non-linear water waves
    • Inhomogeneous media


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