Water Waves Produced by Ships

by Robert M. Sorensen, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 2, Pg. 245-256

Document Type: Journal Paper


A knowledge of the height and period as well as the crestline pattern for waves generated by a particular ship as a function of ship speed and water depth is of value to coastal and waterway engineers. The characteristics of ship-generated waves are reviewed briefly. Some data on the wave heights generated by a variety of ships moving at a range of speed are presented. Known sources of data on ship-generated waves are referenced and areas for future research are suggested. This is the last of seven state-of-the-art papers on the design of navigation channels, written by members of the ASCE Task Committee on Ship Channels.

Subject Headings: Water waves | Ship motion | Wave generation | Wave crest | Value engineering | Sea water | Ocean waves | Hydraulic design

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