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A novel method for generating continuously surfable waves-comparison of predictions with experimental results


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-comparison of predictions with experimental results, Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, 135, (3) pp. 034501.1-034501.9. ISSN 0892-7219 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1115/1.4023798


In this paper, a novel idea to produce continuous breaking waves is discussed, whereby a pressure source is rotated within an annular wave pool, with the inner ring of the annulus having a sloping bathymetry to induce wave breaking. In order to refine the technique, work is being conducted to better understand the mechanics of surfable waves generated by moving pressure sources in restricted water. The pool aims to be capable of creating waves suitable for surfers from beginner to expert level, with an added benefit being by providing a safe learning environment, the overall surfing ability of the participants should be improved. The method of approach reported in this paper is the first stage of an experimental investigation of a novel method for generating continuously surfable waves utilizing a moving pressure source. The aim was to measure and assess the waves generated by two parabolic pressure sources and a wedge-shaped wavedozer (Driscoll, A., and Renilson, M. R., 1980, The Wavedozer. A System of Generating Stationary Waves in a Circulating Water Channel, University of Glasgow, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Glasgow, UK) for their suitability for future development of continuous breaking surfable waves. The tests were conducted at the University of Tasmania (UTas) Australian Maritime College (AMC) 100 m long towing tank. The predictions and experimental results for the wave height (H) at different values of depth Froude number (Frh) are presented in this paper. Finally, the preferred pressure source is determined based on the wave making energy efficiency and the quality of the waves for surfing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ship waves, model testing, wave pool, surfing
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
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:87650
Year Published:2013
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP0990307)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-11-29
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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