PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS OF BREAKING WAVE HEIGHTS

The motions of hydrofoils and surface effect ships as well as other floating objects, such as oceanographic research buoys, can be severely influenced by large breaking waves. Large breaking waves in deep water occur in severe sea states/ therefore they happen more frequently in some areas of the ocean than in others due to the global distribution of prevailing malevolent climates. If the probability distributions of breaking wave heights can be determined, then, some engineering design problems can be solved in terms of the reliability, safety, or probability of survival of the object. It is known from laboratory testing and occurrences at sea that a floating object may capsize when it is subjected to breaking waves. Given that the conditional probability function is known for capsizing, the unconditional probability distribution for capsizing can be calculated, if the probability distribution function is also known. The purpose is to determine the distribution of breaking wave heights for the eastern North Pacific Ocean, with engineering applications in mind.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 379-395

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  • Accession Number: 00128717
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM