Wave propagation in jettied entrance channels. I: models

Melo Filho, Eloi; Guza, Robert


A model for the propagation of sea and swell waves in a channel bounded by rubble-mound jetties is presented. The model combines elements of earlier work on waves normally incident on a breakwater with a modified diffraction model based on the linear mild-slope equation. For grazing-angle (relative to the jetty axis) wave incidence, a parabolic approximation to the governing equation is used to obtain numerical solutions for monochromatic long waves propagating down the channel. An initially plane wave evolves into a spatially complex pattern as dissipation occurs along the jetties and energy is drawn from the channel interior by diffraction. Comparisons of the model to field observations are presented in a companion paper.

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