Depth-controlled wave height

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A method for estimating an upperbound on the total energy of the wind wave spectrum in shallow water is extended to define a depth-controlled zero-moment wave height for irregular waves. The method requires an estimate of the peak frequency of the wave spectrum, knowledge of the Phillips' equilibrium coefficient, a, and water depth, h. A method for estimating a from the peak frequency of the sea spectrum and windspeed is given. Results indicate that the depth-controlled zero-moment wave height is generally less than the depth-limited monochromatic wave height, Hd, and appears to vary with the square root of depth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-475
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering


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