Hydrodynamics under large-scale regular and bichromatic breaking waves

Dominic van Der A, Joep van der Zanden, Ming Li, James Cooper, Simon Clark, Bjarke Eltard-Larsen, Stefan Carstensen, David Fuhrman, Carmelo Petrotta, Carla Faraci, Iván Cáceres, Stuart McLelland, Guillaume Fromant, David Hurther, Gerben Ruessink, Joost Brinkkemper

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Multiphase CFD models recently have proved promising in modelling cross†shore sediment transport and morphodynamics (Jacobsen et al 2014). However, modelling breaking wave turbulence remains a major challenge for these models, because it occurs at very different spatial and temporal length scales and involves the interaction between surface generated turbulence and turbulence generated in the bottom boundary layer. To an extent these challenges arise from a lack of appropriate experimental data, since most previous experimental studies involved breaking waves at small-scale, and have not permitted investigation of the turbulent boundary layer processes. Moreover, most existing studies have concentrated on regular waves, thereby excluding the flow and turbulence dynamics occurring at wave group time-scales under irregular waves within the surf zone. These limitations motivated a new experiment in the large-scale CIEM wave flume in Barcelona involving regular and irregular waves. The experiment was conducted in May-July 2017 within the HYDRALAB+ Transnational Access project HYBRID.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Engineering Proceedings
Edition36 (2018)
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2018 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 30 Jul 20183 Aug 2018


Conference36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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