Regional Coastal Processes Numerical Modeling System. Report 1. RCPWAVE-A Linear Wave Propagation Model for Engineering Use.
COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS
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The numerical model documented here, RCPWAVE, can be used to solve wave propagation problems over arbitrary bathymetry. The governing equations solved in the model are the mild slope equation for linear, monochromatic waves, and the equation specifying irrotationality of the wave phase function gradient. Finite difference approximations of these equations are solved to predict wave propagation outside the surf zone. Inside the breaker zone, an empirical method is used to predict wave transformation. This method is based on a hydraulic jump representation of the entire surf zone. The model is verified using laboratory and field data. A users manual section is provided to aid potential users. This documentation describes job control language files, job submission procedures, sample input and output files, and execution costs.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography