research product . 2018

The scenario of a single freak wave appearance in deep water – dispersive focusing mechanism framework

Pelinovsky, E.; Shurgalina, E.; Chaikovskaya, N.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 27 Sep 2018
One of the possible mechanisms of the emergence of freak waves in deep water, based on the dispersive focusing of unidirectional wave packets is analysed. This mechanism is associated with the frequency dispersion of water waves and manifested in the interference of many spectral components, moving with different velocities. Formation of a single freak wave in a random wind wave field is considered in the frame of linear theory. The characteristic lifetime of an abnormal wave in the framework of this mechanism for typical conditions is approximately two minutes, thus, a rapid effect is difficult to predict and prepare for. A rogue wave quickly changes its shape from a high ridge to a deep depression.
  • European Marine Science Marine Environmental Science : Design for ship safety in extreme seas
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Design for Ship Safety in Extreme Seas
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 234175
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP1 | TPT
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