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Research into the circular wave pool a new method of generating controlled breaking waves


Binns, JR and Renilson, M and Thomas, G and Macfarlane, G and Schmied, S and Huijsmans, R, Research into the circular wave pool - a new method of generating controlled breaking waves, Proceedings of Pacific 2012 International Maritime Conference, 31 January - 2 February 2012, Sydney, NSW, pp. 630-636. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Surfing as a sport is increasing in popularity worldwide. However, as it depends on being able to access wave conditions which are not always available, surfers have been trying to make indoor pools which recreate the surfing experience in a controlled manner. One of the more promising developments in this area is a circular wave pool, patented by Greg Webber in 2005 [9]. The original idea was to produce crystal clear perfect surfable waves in a large circular pool, breaking on an inner island. Although never designed to replace surfing, this phenomena would complement the surfing industry perfectly, opening up new markets and cementing old ones. Greg Webber and Steven Schmied took the idea to TU Delft and then to the Australian Maritime College for further research. 6 years later the research team has been analysing shapes, testing and predicting their wave-making performance in straight lines and finally producing perfect scaled waves in a circular test facility. This paper reports on this research and on how it has been used to further the design of the wave pool. Appropriate surfing speeds have been established from observations of real surfers. Scale model tests were used to determine the optimum Froude depth and length numbers. Finally a set of working beach locations and slopes have been estimated from the experimental study. In addition to being able to be used to create perfect waves for surfing, the circular wave pool can also be used for a range of research activities, for example to generate controlled waves to investigate the loads generated by breaking waves on coastal structures and to investigate waves generated by manoeuvring vessels.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Binns, JR (Professor Jonathan Binns)
UTAS Author:Renilson, M (Professor Martin Renilson)
UTAS Author:Thomas, G (Professor Giles Thomas)
UTAS Author:Macfarlane, G (Associate Professor Gregor MacFarlane)
UTAS Author:Schmied, S (Mr Steven Schmied)
ID Code:82600
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-02-07
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