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Nonlinear and Dissipative Characteristics of a Combined Random-Cnoidal Wave Field

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James M. Kaihatu, John T. Goertz, Samira Ardani

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Alex Sheremet

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Paper No. OMAE2017-62634, pp. V07AT06A037; 5 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 7A: Ocean Engineering
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5773-1
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Images of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami at landfall shows a leading edge marked by short waves (“fission” waves). These waves appear to be cnoidal in shape and of a temporal and spatial scale in line with the longest swell present in the region, and may interact with the longer waves in the background random wave spectrum. As part of a comprehensive series of experiments, the Large Wave Flume at Oregon State University (USA) was used to generate and measure the properties of cnoidal, random, and combined cnoidal-random wave trains. Both the nonlinear energy transfer characteristics (via bispectral analysis) and dissipation characteristics (via a proxy dissipation function) are studied for all generated wave conditions. It is generally determined that the characteristics of the cnoidal wave dominate the combined cnoidal-random wave signals if the energy of the cnoidal wave is at least equal to that of the random wave.

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Topics: Waves



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