SIMPLIFIED ANALYSIS OF A PLUNGER-TYPE WAVEMAKER PERFORMANCE

Extending the theoretical work of Biesel, a study is made of a plunger-type wavemaker which uses a vertically-oscillating wedge. A simplified boundary conditions is introduced on the contact surface between the wedge face and water. The first-order linearized hydrodynamic equations of motion are solved to obtain the velocity potential, which is composed of a wave part and a spatially transitory part. The wavemaker capability is analyzed in terms of the ratio of the wave amplitude to the wedge stroke. The importance of the spatially "transitory" part (near field component) is discussed with regard to the role played by the inertia pressure, which is central to determining the hydrodynamic force on the wedge. Water surface elevations very near the wedge are computed for varying wedge immersions. The total hydrodynamic force on the wedge is obtained by integrating the hydrodynamic pressure over the wetted area of the wedge. A recommended range of wedge particulars is presented in view of the quality of generated waves and the force on the wedge. The hydrodynamic effects on the wavemaker performance seem to be well explained by considering the differing behaviors of the in-phase pressure and of the quadrature or inertia pressure with increasing water depth.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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    New York, NY  USA  10019
  • Authors:
    • Hyun, J M
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 89-94
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  • Accession Number: 00141474
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1976 12:00AM