Water waves propagating over a deformable bottom

W. Wade Mallard, Robert Anthony Dalrymple

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A linear analytic solution for periodic water waves passing over a deformable bottom is presented. The solution assumes water of constant depth, underlain by a perfectly elastic soil of infinite depth. with a shear modulus representative of a soft marine sediment. Soil stresses and displacements along with the related water wave kinematics are obtained. In particular comparisons of wave length, bottom pressure and water particle velocities calculated by this theory and the well-known rigid bottom wave theory are made showing the effect of a range of soil shear moduli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOffshore Technology Conference, OTC 1977
PublisherOffshore Technology Conference
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781555635701
StatePublished - 1977
Event9th Annual Offshore Technology Conference, OTC 1977 - Houston, United States
Duration: May 2 1977May 5 1977

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-3663


Other9th Annual Offshore Technology Conference, OTC 1977
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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