A thin plate approximation for ocean wave interactions with an ice shelf

Luke Bennetts*, Timothy Williams, Richard Porter

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Abstract

A variational principle is proposed to derive the governing equations for the problem of ocean wave interactions with a floating ice shelf, where the ice shelf is modelled by the full linear equations of elasticity and has an Archimedean draught. The variational principle is used to form a thin-plate approximation for the ice shelf, which includes water–ice coupling at the shelf front and extensional waves in the shelf, in contrast to the benchmark thin-plate approximation for ocean wave interactions with an ice shelf. The thin-plate approximation is combined with a single-mode approximation in the water, where the vertical motion is constrained to the eigenfunction that supports propagating waves. The new terms in the approximation are shown to have a major impact on predictions of ice shelf strains for wave periods in the swell regime.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume984
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2024

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