THE STATISTICAL DISTRIBUTION OF OCEAN WAVE FORCES ON VERTICAL PILING.
ARMY COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER WASHINGTON D C
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Theoretical distribution and relationships concerning wave forces on piling for unidirectional waves of very small amplitude having narrow-band spectrum are investigated mathematically and compared with measured data for finite waves with an almost narrow-band spectrum. The usual force formula consisting of a drag and an inertial component, each multiplied by coefficients supposedly constant, are used. A graphical method is presented for estimating parameters defining these forces which permits replacing the distribution of the measured forces with an empirical distribution function adjusted for the condition that only those waves with forces exceeding some significant peak value are included in the measured data. Author