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Ocean Waves : The Stochastic Approach - Michel K. Ochi

Ocean Waves

The Stochastic Approach

Hardcover Published: 17th September 2007
ISBN: 9780521563789
Number Of Pages: 332

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Waves observed in the ocean are extremely irregular and, from a physics standpoint, it seems impossible to describe this chaotic situation. Scientists can describe the situation by means of a stochastic approach. This book describes the stochastic method for ocean wave analysis. This method provides a route to predicting the characteristics of random ocean waves--information vital for the design and safe operation of ships and ocean structures. Assuming a basic knowledge of probability theory, the book begins with a chapter describing the essential elements of wind-generated random seas from the stochastic point of view. The following three chapters introduce spectral analysis techniques, probabilistic predictions of wave amplitudes, wave height and periodicity. A further four chapters discuss sea severity, extreme sea state, the directional wave energy spreading in random seas and special wave events such as wave breaking and group phenomena. Finally the stochastic properties of non-Gaussian waves are presented. Useful appendices and an extensive reference list are included. Examples of practical applications of the theories presented can be found throughout the text. This book will be suitable as a text for graduate students of naval, ocean and coastal engineering. It will also serve as a useful reference for research scientists and engineers working in this field.

'The book gives a good introduction to stochastic and probabilistic analysis of random ocean waves and contains examples of practical applications to the design and safe operation of ships and ocean structures.' L. Debnath, Zentralblatt MATH

Description of random seas
Spectral analysis
Wave amplitude and height
Wave height and associated period
Sea severity
Estimation of extreme wave height and sea state
Directional characteristics of random seas
Special wave events
Non-Gaussian waves (waves in finite water depth)
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ISBN: 9780521563789
ISBN-10: 052156378X
Series: Cambridge Ocean Technology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 17th September 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.66