Ship Wave Prediction for Port and Channel Design

by J. Richard Weggel, Drexel Univ, Philadelphia, PA, USA,
Robert M. Sorensen, Drexel Univ, Philadelphia, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


Several laboratory and field investigations of ship-generated waves have been conducted during the past twenty-five years. Typically, for a given ship, reported data consists of the height of the highest wave in a wave record generated by the passing ship and its associated wave period, for the particular test run speed and distance from the sailing line. There is a need to synthesize these data and, from this, to develop ship wave height prediction methods for port and channel design. This is done herein. Also, methods are given to predict the period and crest orientation of the highest wave. Refs.

Subject Headings: Ship motion | Ports and harbors | Hydraulic design | Field tests | Wave height | Navigation (waterway) | Wave generation

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