Nonlinear water waves propagating on a sloping bottom in Lagrangian coordinates

Yang Yih Chen, Meng-Syue Li, Hung Chu Hsu, Kuei Sen Yang

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A new asymptotic solution describing nonlinear water wave propagation on the surface of a uniform sloping bottom is derived in the Lagrangian coordinates. We use the two-parameter perturbation method to develop a new mathematical derivation. The particle trajectories, wave pressure and Lagrangian velocity potential are obtained as a function of the nonlinear ordering parameter ε and the bottom slope α perturbed to second order. The analytical solution in Lagrangian form satisfies the zero pressure at the free surface. The condition of the conservation of mass flux is examined in detail for the first time. Then, the solution is used to estimate the mean return current for waves progressing over the sloping bottom. The Lagrangian solution enables the description of the features of wave shoaling in the direction of wave propagation from deep to shallow water, as well as the process of successive deformation of a wave profile and water particle trajectories leading to breaking. The nonlinear analytical solution is verified by reducing to the Lagrangian second-order solution of progressive waves in both the limit of deep water and of constant water.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Proceedings of the 19th (2009) International OFFSHORE AND POLAR ENGINEERING CONFERENCE
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event19th (2009) International OFFSHORE AND POLAR ENGINEERING CONFERENCE - Osaka, Japan
Duration: 2009 Jun 212009 Jun 26

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)1098-6189
ISSN (Electronic)1555-1792



All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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