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Application of the Generic Spectral Formula to Fetch-Limited Seas

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A deep-water spectral formula, based on the Weibull probability distribution of wave periods, is modified to satisfy fetch-limited conditions for wind-generated seas Results of this generic spectral formula are compared with those obtained using the specific JONSWAP formula, in which the empirical parameters resulting from specific wind and fetch conditions are used. The comparisons are shown to be excellent for three of the five cases studied. For the last two cases, the generic formula is shown to be somewhat nonconservative near the spectral peak. In addition to the comparisons with the specific JONSWAP formula results, the generic formula results are compared with those obtained from the standard JONSWAP expression, where the Pierson-Moskowitz parametric values and averaged peak-enhancement values are used. Except for the greatest fetch length (37 km), the standard JONSWAP formula is shown to significantly under-predict the peak spectra values. The generic spectral formula is found to well-predict the spectra for fetch lengths of 11 km and greater.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1999-01-01

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