Surface wave modelling and simulation for wave tanks and coastal areas

Embrecht W.C. van Groesen, T. Bunnik, A. Andonowati

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    For testing ships and offshore structures in hydrodynamic laboratories, the sea and ocean states should be represented as realistic as possible in the wave tanks in which the scaled experiments are executed. To support efficient testing, accurate software that determines and translates the required wave maker motion into the downstream waves is very helpful. This paper describes an efficient hybrid spatial-spectral code that can deal with simulations above flat and varying bottom. The accuracy of the code will be illustrated by presenting comparisons of simulations with experimental data for various different type of non-breaking waves, from dispersive focussing waves to irregular wave fields with freak waves; the very broad-band spectra of such waves provide the main challenge
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDevelopments in Marine CFD 2011
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherThe Royal Institution of Naval Architects
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-905040-92-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventInternational Conference on Developments in Marine CFD 2011 - Chennai, India
    Duration: 18 Nov 201119 Nov 2011


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Developments in Marine CFD 2011


    • METIS-284925
    • EWI-20985
    • IR-79556


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