It is attempted herein to summarize results related to mechanism for generation of wind waves and to consider two scales relevant to this intricate process: (1) A physical (length) scale on which coupling takes place between long and short waves and (2) a dynamical (velocity) scale for coupling of wind and waves. Based on these scales and on a separation criterion, it is argued that the airflow separates from dominant waves in the laboratory and from ripples superimposed on dominant waves in the field. This difference may account for the discrepancy between the laboratory-determined growth rate and that measured in the field.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also available in Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, v98 nWW2 p163-175 May 72.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Hydronautics, Incorporated

    7210 Pindel School Road
    Laurel, MD  United States  20810
  • Authors:
    • Wu, Jingxian
  • Publication Date: 1972

Media Info

  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00051796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TR-7303-1 Tech Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-73-C-0091
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 25 1974 12:00AM