Water Wave Theories and Wave Loads

  • Halil Karadeniz
  • Mehmet Polat Saka
  • Vedat Togan
Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)


This chapter is devoted to ocean wave mechanics and wave forces acting on offshore structures. It contains eleven sections. The first section gives general information on ocean waves. The second section summarizes wave theories with emphasis on Stokes and other nonlinear wave theories. In the third section, the Airy wave theory is explained in more details and the formulation for deep water conditions is presented. The fourth section describes stochastic ocean waves, transfer functions, commonly used spectral functions of sea states and the directional wave spectrum. The fifth section presents the wave–current interaction phenomenon and the sixth section is devoted to probabilistic description of sea states in the long term. The seventh section presents formulation of wave forces on structural members. The eighth and ninth sections present linearization of wave forces under wave–current and wave–structure interactions. The tenth section, gives formulations of consistent member wave forces, member added mass, and hydrodynamic damping ratios. The eleventh section presents illustrative examples.


Significant Wave Height Wave Theory Wave Force Water Elevation Deep Water Condition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Halil Karadeniz
    • 1
  • Mehmet Polat Saka
    • 2
  • Vedat Togan
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Civil Engineering and GeosciencesDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Depeartment of Engineering SciencesMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringKaradeniz Technical UniversityTrabzonTurkey

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