Evolution of Nonlinear Long Waves After Interacting with a Breakwater

by Keh-Han Wang, Univ of Houston, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond


Three-dimensional evolution of nonlinear long waves after interacting with a straight thin breakwater is investigated in this paper. The primary interest is to apply a weakly nonlinear and weakly dispersive theory with taking into account the effects of steady currents to predict the reflection, scattering and diffraction of solitary waves by a breakwater. For solving this strong interaction problem, the wave- current two-equation model is developed to calculate the velocity potential of the flow field and the free- surface elevation.

Subject Headings: Nonlinear waves | Solitary waves | Long waves | Breakwaters | Wave velocity | Nonlinear analysis | Fluid-structure interaction | Water waves

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