Modeling of structures subjected to wind generated waves
The difficulties inherent in the direct determination of loads on off-shore structures which are exposed simultaneously to wind and waves make it desirable to model each situation in the laboratory. It is shown here that scaling of the loads and the waves is possible by using waves which are generated by blowing air over the surface of a laboratory channel, and by choosing a model material with an appropriate modulus of elasticity. Wind-generated waves such as those measured in the wind water tunnel of Colorado State University have a dimension less spectrum (Hidy and Plate (1965)) that is ...
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