Making Waves at CERC

Michael J. Briggs


This paper describes a unique wavemaker for the generation of naturally occurring shallow water waves in laboratory experiments. The main feature of this wavemaker is its ability to simulate waves of many different periods and directions at one time. This combination of multiple waves is more representative of the sea and swell waves that occur naturally in lakes and oceans. Recent research involving wave shoaling over a submerged mound, stability of a harbor entrance jetty, and wave transformation in a harbor is presented to illustrate the versatility of this wavemaker.



Coastal engineering; physical model testing; wavemakers; directional wave spectra; wave transformation/propagation; wave shoaling and refraction; jetty stability; harbor resonance

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