Wave Mechanics and Wave Loads on Marine Structures

1st Edition

Authors: Paolo Boccotti
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128003435
eBook ISBN: 9780128004135
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 23rd September 2014
Page Count: 344
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Wave Mechanics and Wave Loads on Marine Structures provides a new perspective on the calculation of wave forces on ocean structures, unifying the deterministic and probabilistic approaches to wave theory and combining the methods used in field and experimental measurement.

Presenting his quasi-determinism (QD) theory and approach of using small-scale field experiments (SSFEs), author Paolo Boccotti simplifies the findings and techniques honed in his ground-breaking work to provide engineers and researchers with practical new methods of analysis.

Including numerous worked examples and case studies, Wave Mechanics and Wave Loads on Marine Structures also discusses and provides useful FORTRAN programs, including a subroutine for calculating particle velocity and acceleration in wave groups, and programs for calculating wave loads on several kinds of structures.

Key Features

  • Solves the conceptual separation of deterministic and stochastic approaches to wave theory seen in other resources through the application of quasi-determinism (QD) theory
  • Combines the distinct experimental activities of field measurements and wave tank experiment using small-scale field experiments (SSFEs)
  • Simplifies and applies the ground-breaking work and techniques of this leading expert in wave theory and marine construction


Graduate students, researchers, marine structural engineers, naval architects, mechanical engineers and civil engineers involved in marine structural design and analysis.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Symbols
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Chapter 1. Wave Mechanics: Basic Concepts
    • 1.1. The System of Equations
    • 1.2. Introduction to Wave Mechanics
    • 1.3. Stokes' Theory to the First Order
    • 1.4. Stokes' Theory to the Second Order
    • 1.5. Wave–Current Interaction
    • 1.6. Preliminary Remarks on Three-Dimensional Waves
    • 1.7. Wave Reflection
    • 1.8. Wave Diffraction
    • 1.9. Energy Flux and Wave Energy
    • 1.10. The Group Velocity
    • 1.11. Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. Wave Transformation near Coasts
    • 2.1. Refraction with Straight Contour Lines
    • 2.2. Refraction with Arbitrary Contour Lines
    • 2.3. Wave–Current Interaction in Some Straits
    • 2.4. Worked Example
    • 2.5. Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. Random Wind-Generated Waves: Basic Concepts
    • 3.1. Sea State, Significant Wave Height, Spectrum, Autocovariance
    • 3.2. The Concept of “Very Narrow Spectrum”
    • 3.3. Bandwidth and Narrow-Bandedness Parameters
    • 3.4. Characteristic Spectra of Wind Seas
    • 3.5. How to Obtain the Frequency Spectrum
    • 3.6. Wave Record Analysis
    • 3.7. Small-Scale Field Experiments
    • 3.8. Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Wave Statistics in Sea States
    • 4.1. Surface Elevation as a Stationary Gaussian Process
    • 4.2. Joint Probability of Surface Elevation
    • 4.3. Rice's Problem (1958)
    • 4.4. Corollaries of Rice's Problem
    • 4.5. Consequences of the QD Theory onto Wave Statistics
    • 4.6. Field Verification
    • 4.7. Maximum Expected Wave Height and Crest Height in a Sea State of Given Characteristics
    • 4.8. FORTRAN Programs for the Maximum Expected Wave in a Sea State of Given Characteristics
    • 4.9. Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Design


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About the Author

Paolo Boccotti

Paolo Boccotti is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria in Italy, where he has been since 1986. Highlights of his career include him founding the university's School of Marine Engineering and the NOEL laboratory for small-scale field experiments from scratch. Boccotti has authored over 30 papers for prestigious journals such as Ocean Engineering, the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of Geophysical Research, and in 2000 he published the first edition of 'Wave Mechanics for Ocean Engineering' with Elsevier

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Ocean Engineering, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy and Founder of the Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory (NOEL)