Statistical analysis of the spatial evolution of the stationary wind wave field

A. Zavadsky, D. Liberzon, L. Shemer*

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Detailed investigation of wind-generated water waves in a 5-m-long wind wave flume facility is reported. Careful measurements were carried out at a large number of locations along the test section and at numerous airflow rates. The evolution of the wind wave field was investigated using appropriate dimensionless parameters. When possible, quantitative comparison with the results accumulated in field measurements and in larger laboratory facilities was performed. Particular attention was given to the evolution of wave frequency spectra along the tank, distinguishing between the frequency domain around the spectral peak and the highfrequency tail of the spectrum. Notable similarity between the parameters of the evolving wind wave field in the present facility and in field measurements was observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physical Oceanography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


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