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Wave Mechanics for Ocean Engineering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444503800, 9780080543727

Wave Mechanics for Ocean Engineering, Volume 64

1st Edition

Author: P. Boccotti
Paperback ISBN: 9780444539625
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444503800
eBook ISBN: 9780080543727
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 28th July 2000
Page Count: 520
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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.


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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@from:L.B. Chubarov, Novosibirsk
@qu:...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.
@source:Zentralblatt Fur Mathematik, Vol. 963
@from:Z. Demirbilek
@qu:...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. 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.
@source:Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering

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About the Author

P. Boccotti

P. 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)