Accession Number : AD0847663

Title :   Generation of Water Waves by Turbulent Wind Flow.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Klinedinst, Paul Richard, Jr

Report Date : JUN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : The paper is concerned with a theoretical study of shearing flow bounded by a wavy surface with consideration of turbulent flow above the air-sea interface. Account is to be taken of turbulence in the flow through the use of Reynolds stresses associated with turbulent flow. An adaptation of the mixing length theory as applied to pipe flow is made for channel flow and the resulting mixing length versus energy relationship is incorporated in the Reynolds stress term. Finally, the rate of wave growth is calculated from the normal surface pressure in phase with the wave slope. A curvilinear coordinate system which follows with the wave train is used in order to simplify the formulation of the problem. All parameters are non-dimensionalized and the analysis is made considering a velocity profile adapted from pipe to channel flow. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WIND, WATER WAVES), (*WATER WAVES, SHEAR STRESSES), TURBULENCE, INTERACTIONS, KINETIC ENERGY, BOUNDARY LAYER, SURFACE PROPERTIES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, EQUATIONS OF MOTION, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, PRESSURE, THESES, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING.

Subject Categories : Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE