Waves Generated by Horizontal Motion of a Wall

by Madan M. Das, Res. Engr.; U.S. Army Engr. Coastal Engrg. Res. Center, Washington, DC,
Robert L. Wiegel, Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 1, Pg. 49-65

Document Type: Journal Paper


An experimental investigation of the characteristics of surface waves generated by the time dependent horizontal motion of a vertical wall in water has been made, and the results compared with the numerical solutions obtained by Noda (1969) using linear theory. The experiments were made in two test flumes using various water depths, wall displacements and velocities of wall motion to determine the range of validity of the linearizaed solutions. The comparison of linear theory with the experimental data show the theory can be useful to the design engineer even for nonlinear waves at small distances from the wall.

Subject Headings: Surface waves | Linear functions | Wave generation | Motion (dynamics) | Walls | Nonlinear waves | Numerical analysis | Time dependence

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