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Statistics of Wave Crests From Models vs. Measurements

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Marc Prevosto

IFREMER, Plouzané, France

Geoerge Z. Forristall

Shell Global Solutions International B.V., Rijswijk, The Netherlands

Paper No. OMAE2002-28443, pp. 463-473; 11 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 2
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3612-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The analysis phase of the Wave Crest Sensor Intercomparison Study (WACSIS) focussed on the interpretation of the wave data collected by the project during the winter of 1997–98. Many aspects of wave statistics have been studied, but the main emphasis has been on crest height distributions, and recommendations for crest heights to be used in air gap calculations. In this paper we first describe comparisons of the crest height distributions derived from the sensors (radars, wave staffs, laser) and from simulations based on 3D second order irregular wave models. These comparisons permit us to make conclusions on the quality of these models and to qualify the ability of some sensors to measure the crest heights accurately. In the second part two new parametric models of the crest height distributions are discussed and their superiority to standard parametric models is demonstrated.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Measurement , Waves



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