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The Drift on Top of Waves

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Anne Katrine Bratland

Aker Solutions, Oslo, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2013-11314, pp. V005T06A084; 4 pages
  • ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Ocean Engineering
  • Nantes, France, June 9–14, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5539-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Wave particles move in circles, and for steep waves they also move with a drift in the wave direction. This drift can be found by second order Stokes theory. In this document it is questioned if Stokes’ theory gives reliable drift on the free surface, or if an extra term should be introduced in the equations. The CFD program COMFLOW is used to show that classic Stokes theory may be insufficient for calculating drift on the free surface.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Waves



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