LABORATORY INVESTIGATIONS ON AIR-SEA INTERACTIONS.
STANFORD UNIV CALIF DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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Since the comprehensive review on wind wave generation by Ursell in 1956, there have been renewed, intensive studies, theoretical as well as experimental on the subject. Although significant contributions have been made by many investigators, the final goal of achieving a basic understanding of the fundamental mechanism of energy transfer between a turbulent air stream and the ocean has not been realized. The dearth of systematic measurements taken under controlled conditions closely comparable to those of Miles model was a motivation for our research program. Experiments were designed for measuring the wave induced perturbation pressure under steady-state and unsteady-state conditions. Other experiments were also devised for measuring growth of mechanically generated waves subjected to wind action. This paper presents a summary of the Stanford experimental data in the inviscid range, compares the Stanford data and other existing data to the theory, and suggests specific and fruitful avenues for further study. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography