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A novel method for generating continuously surfable waves


Schmied, SA and Binns, JR and Renilson, MR and Thomas, GA and Macfarlane, GJ and Huijsmans, R, A novel method for generating continuously surfable waves, Marine Technology Society Journal, 44, (2) pp. 7-12. ISSN 0025-3324 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.4031/MTSJ.44.2.2


This paper presents the background and Initial investigation of a novel method for generating continuously surtable waves utilizing a moving pressure sou rce. The idea is to produce continuous breaking waves using a pressure source that is rotated within an ann ular wave pool. The inner ring of the annulus has a sloping bathymetry to induce wave breaking. The underlying aim of the project is to understand the wave mechanics, to allow the creation of repeatable continuous "steady-state" waves.

The immediate benefits of this scientific investigation will be realized by engineering the results into a surfing wave pool for recreational health use. The longer-term benefits will be developed through fundamental investigations of breaking waves.

Preliminary experiments into crealing a continuous steady-state wave were conducted in a towing tank using a series of pressure sources. The results have then been used to validate an initial numerical study. In addition, qualitative, full-scale experiments were carried out using a fishing vessel in a river estuary. This paper reports on the research conducted to date and plans for future work, including conducting experiments utilizing a 10-metre-diameter scale model.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Wave pool, Surting, Numerical modeling, Testing
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Transport equipment
Objective Field:Aerospace equipment
UTAS Author:Schmied, SA (Mr Steven Schmied)
UTAS Author:Binns, JR (Professor Jonathan Binns)
UTAS Author:Renilson, MR (Professor Martin Renilson)
UTAS Author:Thomas, GA (Professor Giles Thomas)
UTAS Author:Macfarlane, GJ (Associate Professor Gregor MacFarlane)
ID Code:64142
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2010-06-30
Last Modified:2015-10-01
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