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The average shape of large waves in the Norwegian sea: Is non-linear physics important?

Tang, Tianning; Yelland, Margaret J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0936-4957; Adcock, Thomas A. A.. 2019 The average shape of large waves in the Norwegian sea: Is non-linear physics important? In: ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, June 9–14, 2019. American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Abstract/Summary

Linear wave theory predicts that in a random sea, the shape of the average wave is given by the scaled autocorrelation function — the “NewWave”. However, the gravity wave problem is non-linear. Numerical simulations of waves on deep water have suggested that their average shape can become modified in a number of ways, including the largest wave in a group tending to move to the front of the group through non-linear dispersion. In this paper we examine whether this occurs for waves in the Norwegian Sea. Field data measured from the weather ship Polarfront is analysed for the period 2000 to 2009. We find that, at this location, the effect of non-linearity is small due to the moderate steepness of the sea-states.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2019-95068
Date made live: 16 Jan 2020 14:41 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/526524

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