Numerical simulation of wave transformation and runup incorporating porous media wave absorber and turbulence models

J. M. Zhan, Z. Dong, W. Jiang, Yok Sheung Li

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A numerical wave tank is first established using the Navier-Stokes equations and the VOF method assuming laminar flow. The standard κ-ε, realizable κ-ε and RNG κ-ε turbulent models are then incorporated to the numerical tank. An effective numerical method for wave absorption utilizing the energy-dissipating property of porous media is also included. To validate the accuracy of the proposed models, the propagation of a solitary wave, where analytical solution is available for comparison, is first simulated. This is followed by the simulation of irregular wave runup on a composite seawall, wave propagation over submerged bars and wave refraction and diffraction over an elliptic shoal, where experimental data are available for comparison. All computed results agree well with either the analytical solution or the experimental data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1261-1272
Number of pages12
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number14-15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Porous media wave absorber
  • Turbulence models
  • VOF model
  • Wave runup
  • Wave transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

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