Wave Mechanics for Ocean Engineering


  • P. Boccotti, Faculty of Engineering, University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

In a unitary way, this monograph deals with a wide range of subjects related to the mechanics of sea waves. The book highlights recent theoretical results on the dynamics of random wind-generated waves, on long-term wave statistics, and on beach planform evolution. A fresh approach is given to more traditional concepts. For example, new evidence from a recent series of small-scale field experiments is used to introduce some crucial topics like wave forces. Also, the book gives some worked examples for the design of offshore or coastal structures.

An exciting subject dealt with in the book is the quasi-deterministic mechanics of three-dimensional wave groups in sea storms, and the loads exerted by these wave groups on offshore structures.

The text is intended for researchers and graduate students in ocean engineering, but may also be understood by undergraduates. The more complex concepts are explained with examples or more extensive case studies.

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Book information

  • Published: July 2000
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-50380-0


...The book covers in a unified way both the deterministic and statistical mechanics of sea waves. It also highlights the recent progress on the dynamics of random wind-generated waves and on the long-term wave statistics. The author gives some original proofs, uses new evidence from small-scale field experiments to introduce crucial topics like wave forces, and presents some widely worked examples. The text is intended for researchers and graduate students, but the style makes most of the book also suitable for undergraduate students.
L.B. Chubarov, Novosibirsk, Zentralblatt Fur Mathematik, Vol. 963, 2001

...This book should be on the shelf of every offshore and coastal-and-ocean-engineering researcher and scientist. ...Some unique features of the monograph include presentation of highlights from recent theoretical results on the dynamics of random wind-generated waves, long-term wave statistics, and beach planform evolution. ...it is an excellent up-to-date review of some topics on wave mechanics for ocean engineering, well presented and with a good selection of the most pertinent references available in the European literature. I highly recommend this book as a reference on the mechanics of waves.
Z. Demirbilek, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 2001

Table of Contents

Chapter Headings:Periodic Wave Pattern: the approach of differential calculus. Periodic Wave Pattern: the control volume approach. Wave Effects on Coasts. Wind Generated Waves: basic concepts. Analysis of the Sea States: the time domain. The Wave Climate. Design Waves and Risk Analysis. Analysis of the Sea States in the Space-Time. The Theory of Quasi-Determinism. Uses and Consequences of the Quasi-Determinism Theory. Analysis of the Wave Forces on Offshore Structures. Calculation of the Wave Forces on Offshore Structures. Stability Analysis of Coastal Structures. Topics Calling for an Overall Overview of Offshore and Coastal Engineering.