Separation of Long-Crested Nonlinear Bichromatic Waves into Incident and Reflected Components

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Methods for the separation of long-crested linear waves into incident and reflected waves have existed for more than 40 years. The present paper presents a new method for the separation of nonlinear bichromatic long-crested waves into incident and reflected components, as well as into free and bound components. The new method is an extension of a recently proposed method for the separation of nonlinear regular waves. The new methods include both bound and free higher harmonics, which is important for nonlinear waves. The applied separation method covers interactions to the third order, but can easily be extended to a higher orders. Synthetic tests, as well as physical model tests, showed that the method accurately predict the bound amplitudes and incident and reflected surface elevations of nonlinear bichromatic waves. The new method is important in order to be able to describe the detailed characteristics of nonlinear bichromatic waves and their reflection.
Original languageEnglish
Article number39
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2019
EventCoastlab18: 7th International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling in Coastal and Port Engineering and Science - Santander, Spain
Duration: 22 May 201826 May 2018
Conference number: 7



Bibliographical note

Special Issue Selected Papers from Coastlab18 Conference.


  • Bichromatic waves
  • Reflection separation
  • Bound waves
  • Nonlinear waves


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