Wave Mechanics for Ocean Engineering

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Elsevier, Jul 28, 2000 - Science - 520 pages
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In a unitary way, this monograph deals with a wide range of subjects related to the mechanics of sea waves. The book highlights recent theoretical results on the dynamics of random wind-generated waves, on long-term wave statistics, and on beach planform evolution. A fresh approach is given to more traditional concepts. For example, new evidence from a recent series of small-scale field experiments is used to introduce some crucial topics like wave forces. Also, the book gives some worked examples for the design of offshore or coastal structures.

An exciting subject dealt with in the book is the quasi-deterministic mechanics of three-dimensional wave groups in sea storms, and the loads exerted by these wave groups on offshore structures.

The text is intended for researchers and graduate students in ocean engineering, but may also be understood by undergraduates. The more complex concepts are explained with examples or more extensive case studies.


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the approach of differential calculus
the control volume approach
Chapter 3 Wave effects on coasts
basic concepts
the time domain
Chapter 6 The wave climate
Chapter 7 Design waves and risk analysis
Chapter 8 Analysis of the sea states in the spacetime
Chapter 11 Analysis of the wave forces on offshore structures
Chapter 12 Calculation of the wave forces on offshore structures
Chapter 13 Stability analysis of coastal structures
Chapter 14 Topics calling for an overall overview of offshore and coastal engineering
Appendix to chapters 6 and 7 use of wave hindcast and wave measurements from satellites
Appendix to chapters 9 and 10 the wave group of the maximum expected crest elevation and the wave group of the maximum expected cresttotroug...
Subject Index
Author Index

Chapter 9 The theory of quasideterminism
Chapter 10 Uses and consequences of the quasideterminism theory

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Paolo Boccotti is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria in Italy, where he has been since 1986. Highlights of his career include him founding the university's School of Marine Engineering and the NOEL laboratory for small-scale field experiments from scratch.

Boccotti has authored over 30 papers for prestigious journals such as Ocean Engineering, the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of Geophysical Research, and in 2000 he published the first edition of 'Wave Mechanics for Ocean Engineering' with Elsevier

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