On the run-up and draw-down of breaking solitary waves

Kao Shu Hwang, Yu Hsuan Chang, Hwung Hweng Hwung, Hsin Hung Chen

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The flow characteristics of breaking solitary waves on plane beaches are investigated with emphasis on the run-up and draw-down processes. A series of experiments were conducted in the SUPER TANK of Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory with three plane beaches of 1:20, 1:40 and 1:60. Solitary waves of which relative wave heights ranged from 0.031 to 0.231 were generated. The surface elevation changes were recorded by capacitance type wave gages distributed at 96 stations. The velocities were measured by acoustic Doppler velocimeters and electric-magnetic velocimeters. The surface wave profiles evolutions and velocity time series are displayed and discussed. In addition, the run-up heights and the breaking index obtained from this large-scale experiment are also shown and are compared to results of previous studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2006, ICCE 2006
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1
Event30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2006 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2006 Sept 32006 Sept 8

Publication series

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


Conference30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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