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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Amenta, Pablo Marco
URN etd-09082012-040616
Title On finite difference solutions for the ocean wave spectrum in regions of non-uniform water depth
Degree Master of Science
Department Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Neu, Wayne L. Committee Chair
Hughes, Owen F. Committee Member
Schetz, Joseph A. Committee Member
  • Ocean waves
Date of Defense 1989-03-05
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This investigation is concerned with the determination of the sea state in terms of wave spectra. The phenomenum was calculated for two different bathymetries.

The purpose is to develop a finite difference method with an upwind differencing scheme to g solve several formulations of the wave action conservation equation. The computations were done in the wave number space and the frequency direction space. For the case of a beach with constant slope the results were compared with the analytical solution. For the case of an elliptical submerged shoal, they were compared with experimental data.

The results of the computer code showed a fairly good qualitative agreement with the actual values for a smooth distribution of input energy.

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