Wave Propulsion of Spar Buoys

by Thomas A. McClimans,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 3, Pg. 410-413

Document Type: Journal Paper


Nath observed a curious increase of the drift speed of spar buoys, relative to surface floats, in a regular small amplitude wave field. This may be explained as a result of the correlation between the relative penetration depth and the vertical gradient of the horizontal velocity in a finite amplitude progressive wave.

Subject Headings: Wave velocity | Progressive waves | Surface waves | Correlation

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