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Title: Comparison of numerical and physical models of wave response in a harbor
Authors: Crawford, Peter L.
Chen, Hsuan Shan
Keywords: Finite element method
Hybrid element method
Numerical moseling
Physical modeling
Water waves
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; CERC-88-11.
Description: Miscellaneous paper
Abstract: Results of a numerical and a physical model study of wave response of the small-boat harbor at Barcelona, New York, are presented and compared. The numerical model used was HARBD, a monochromatic linear wave model. Both monochromatic and irregular waves were considered, and wave superposition was used to investigate harbor response to irregular waves. Wave records from the physical model tests matched the intended wave forcing conditions near the wave generator. Wave records in and around the harbor, however, usually showed the effects of nonlinearity and in some instances exhibited wave grouping and the effects of breaking and overtopping. Hence, even for the monochromatic tests, the water surface oscillations at each gage in the harbor were characterized by a distribution of wave heights. Procedures were developed for displaying information about the irregularity of physical model wave records. These procedures provide a rational means for comparing.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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