Application of a Phase-resolving, Directional Nonlinear Spectral Wave Model

Monday, 15 December 2014
Justin R Davis1, Alexandru Sheremet1, Miao Tian1 and Jeffrey L Hanson2, (1)University of Florida, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment, Gainesville, FL, United States, (2)USACE / ERDC-CHL, Kitty Hawk, NC, United States
We describe several applications of a phase-resolving, directional nonlinear spectral wave model. The model describes a 2D surface gravity wave field approaching a mildly sloping beach with parallel depth contours at an arbitrary angle accounting for nonlinear, quadratic triad interactions. The model is hyperbolic, with the initial wave spectrum specified in deep water. Complex amplitudes are generated based on the random phase approximation. The numerical implementation includes unidirectional propagation as a special case. In directional mode, it solves the system of equations in the frequency-alongshore wave number space. Recent enhancements of the model include the incorporation of dissipation caused by breaking and propagation over a viscous mud layer and the calculation of wave induced setup. Applications presented include: a JONSWAP spectrum with a cos2s directional distribution, for shore-perpendicular and oblique propagation, a study of the evolution of a single directional triad, and several preliminary comparisons to wave spectra collected at the USACE-FRF in Duck, NC which show encouraging results although further validation with a wider range of beach slopes and wave conditions is needed.