A Study of Refraction of Waves in Prismatic Channels

by Khalil I. Beitinjani,
Ernest F. Brater,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways and Harbors Division, 1965, Vol. 91, Issue 3, Pg. 37-64

Document Type: Journal Paper


A procedure is presented for preparing refraction diagrams and computing wave heights in shallow water using the Stokes wave equations and for determining wave heights in cases of extreme refraction (wave crests perpendicular to the bottom contours). The method is checked by observation of waves in a prismatic channel.

Subject Headings: Wave equations | Wave refraction | Wave crest | Shallow water | Water use | Case studies

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