Experiments on the front of continuous wavetrains in a large wave tank

Wen Son Chiang, Hwung Hweng Hwung, Yu Hsuan Chang

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A series of experiments on the wave front of nonlinear wave trains in deep water were conducted in a super long tank (300m5.2m5m) in Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory. The initially uniform and weakly modulated wave trains were generated with steepness ε=0.07∼0.32. The modulation of the wave front exposes a slow oscillation with an increasing trend during propagating downstream along the tank. Two different evolution types of the wave trains were observed, either the near recurrence of initial state or the onset of breaking in strong modulated wave train, which depends on the initial wave steepness. The local maximum wave steepness increases sharply with the initial wave steepness and levels off for initial wave steepness larger than 0.16. The breaking criterion of wave group in deep water is much lower than that of Stokes wave. The group velocity of wave train propagation depends on the state of modulation of the wave front. Based on the experimental results, the estimated group velocity shows nearly 10% larger than the linear group velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2004, ICCE 2004
EditorsJane McKee Smith, Jane McKee Smith
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789812562982, 9789812562982
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Apr 1
Event29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2004 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 2004 Sept 192004 Sept 24

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)0161-3782


Conference29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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