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Extreme Waves in Sea States Crossing an Oblique Current

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A. Toffoli, A. V. Babanin

Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, VIC, Australia

F. Ardhuin

French Naval Oceanographic Center, Brest, France

M. Benoit

University Paris-Est/EDF, Chatou, France

E. M. Bitner-Gregersen

Det Norske Veritas A.S., Ho̸vik, Norway

L. Cavaleri

Institute of Marine Sciences, Venice, Italy

J. Monbaliu

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium

M. Onorato, A. R. Osborne

Università di Torino, Torino, Italy

J. Fouques, V. Moe, C. Pakozdi, C. T. Stansberg

Marintek, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2010-20619, pp. 433-440; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering: Volume 2
  • Shanghai, China, June 6–11, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4910-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3873-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Laboratory experiments have been carried out in the directional wave tank at Marintek (Norway) to study the nonlinear dynamics of surface gravity waves and the occurrence of extreme events, when the wave field traverses obliquely an ambient current. A condition of partial opposition has been considered. Tests on regular waves have shown that the current can trigger the formation of large amplitude waves. In random wave fields, however, this only results in a weak deviation from the statistical properties observed in absence of a current.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Waves , Seas



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