The movement of submerged bodies by breaking waves

MJ Cooker, DH Peregrine

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This paper describes a mathematical model of the large but short-lived forces exerted on submerged solid bodies by a wave impacting on a plane impermeable surface nearby. We consider the forces on a hemispherical boulder situated close to a wave impact on (i) a vertical wall and (ii) a steep slope. We show that for certain positions of the body and for a sufficiently strong wave impact the impulsive force on the body can be much greater than either the flow drag or the weight of the boulder. For a body which is free to move under the wave impulse we compute the body's initial velocity.
Translated title of the contributionThe movement of submerged bodies by breaking waves
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1078-1090
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Coastal Engineering
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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