Statistics of wave orbital velocities in random directional sea states

A. Alberello, A. Chabchoub, O. Gramstad, A. Babanin, A. Toffoli

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The inclusion of at least the second order nonlinear contribution is necessary to achieve an accurate representation of ocean waves. While this is well known for the surface elevation, the importance of second order nonlinearity on the velocity potential, and hence on the wave kinematics and associated wave loads, is still unclear. To explicitly address the effect of nonlinear contribution on wave velocities Monte-Carlo simulations with a second order wave model are carried out with different initial random conditions. Results show that the statistical distribution of the horizontal components of wave orbital velocity departs substantially from Normality due to second order contributions for both unidirectional and directional wave fields.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014
ISBN (Electronic)9780646596952
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 8 Dec 201411 Dec 2014
Conference number: 19


ConferenceAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Abbreviated titleAFMC

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