Physical Modelling of Multidirectional Waves

by A. M. Cornett, NRC Coastal Engineering Program, Ottawa, Canada,
M. D. Miles, NRC Coastal Engineering Program, Ottawa, Canada,
O. G. Nwogu, NRC Coastal Engineering Program, Ottawa, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ocean Wave Measurement and Analysis


A sixty-segment wave generator has been used since 1985 at the Coastal Engineering Laboratory of the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada to generate multidirectional waves, and study their effects on coastal and ocean structures. The multidirectional wave-maker is installed on one side of a rectangular wave basin that is 30 m wide, 20 m long, and 3 m deep. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the synthesis, generation measurement and analysis techniques that have been developed at NRC improve the physical modelling of multidirectional seas.

Subject Headings: Physical models | Water waves | Wave measurement | Ocean waves | Laboratory tests | Wave generation | Hydrologic models | Coastal engineering

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