Examination on errors of two simplified models for simulating weakly spreading seas

Jinghua Wang, Q. W. Ma, S. Yan

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Numerical phase-resolved modelling of random waves on large spatiotemporal scale, meanwhile considering sufficient nonlinearities, is very essential to gain insight of the nonlinear wave-wave interaction process and the mechanism of the so-called rogue waves. To do that, it has been shown that two simplified models, i.e., the fifth order Enhanced Non-Linear Schrödinger Equation (short as ENSLE-5F) and the Quasi-Spectral Boundary Integral (short as QSBI) method, are good alternatives to the fully nonlinear approaches, when the wave steepness is small and/or the spectral bandwidth is narrow [Wang, J., Ma, Q. and Yan, S., 2017. On quantitative errors of two simplified unsteady models for simulating unidirectional nonlinear random waves on large scale in deep sea. Physics of Fluids, 29(6), 067107.]. A criterion for selecting the most efficient model which can achieve sufficient accuracy is proposed in their paper. Furthermore, the errors of the two simplified models for simulating unidirectional waves can be predicted before performing the simulations by using the suggested formulas, if the wave steepness and spectral bandwidth are known in advance. In this paper, the suitability of extending the criterion and the formulas to weakly spreading seas will be explored. It is found that they are not restricted to unidirectional waves, but can also be applied to spreading seas. In addition, the maximum spreading angle for using the criterion or the formulas is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE 2018
PublisherInternational Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781880653876
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event28th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE 2018 - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 10 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)1098-6189
ISSN (Electronic)1555-1792


Conference28th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE 2018


  • Fully Nonlinear Potential Theory
  • Large Scale Simulation
  • Non-Linear Schrödinger Equation
  • Random Waves
  • Spreading Seas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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