Accession Number : AD0686655

Title :   A LABORATORY EXPERIMENT ON SURFACE WAVE ATTENUATION DUE TO UNDERWATER TURBULENCE.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Paquin,James Edward

Report Date : DEC 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The attenuation of surface waves caused by underwater turbulence was investigated in a wave-tank experiment. The waves studied (frequencies ranging from 1.2 to 12.3 Hertz) were strongly attenuated by a zone of grid-generated turbulence. This attenuation depended on the length of the turbulent region, and on the frequency of the incident wave. The equation governing attenuation was: h = h sub 0 exp(-ax) where h is wave height, h sub 0 is undisturbed wave height, x is the length of the turbulent region, and a is an attenuation coefficient proportional to the cube root of frequency. It was also noted that the waves were shifted in phase as they passed through the turbulence, and that the magnitude of this shift increased with frequency. The quantitative results of the experiment were obtained from measurements of nearly sinusoidal waves. They were confirmed, qualitatively, for a continuous spectrum of waves by measurement of wind-generated model sea surface. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WATER WAVES, TURBULENCE), WAVE PROPAGATION, ATTENUATION, FREQUENCY, PHASE SHIFT CIRCUITS, SURFACE PROPERTIES, WATER TANKS, THESES

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE