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Statistics for the Draupner January 1995 Freak Wave Event

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O̸istein Hagen

Det Norske Veritas AS, Ho̸vik, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2002-28608, pp. 691-698; 8 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 wave time series recorded at “Draupner”, January 1, 1995 at 15:20 exhibits an unsymmetrical, freak wave event. The statistics of the peak event is studied within the framework of traditional non-Gaussian process models. Assuming that the sea surface is adequately described by (one of) commonly applied non-Gaussian wave models, the paper shows that the probability of occurrence of a freak event like the one observed at Draupner January 1995 is very low.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Waves



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