Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Reflection and transmission from porous structures under oblique wave attack

Robert A.  Dalrymple a1, Miguel A.  Losada a2 and P. A.  Martin a3
a1 Center for Applied Coastal Research, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
a2 Departamento de Ciencias y Tecnicas del Agua y del Medio Ambiente, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
a3 Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

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The linear theory for water waves impinging obliquely on a vertically sided porous structure is examined. For normal wave incidence, the reflection and transmission from a porous breakwater has been studied many times using eigenfunction expansions in the water region in front of the structure, within the porous medium, and behind the structure in the down-wave water region. For oblique wave incidence, the reflection and transmission coefficients are significantly altered and they are calculated here.

Using a plane-wave assumption, which involves neglecting the evanescent eigenmodes that exist near the structure boundaries (to satisfy matching conditions), the problem can be reduced from a matrix problem to one which is analytic. The plane-wave approximation provides an adequate solution for the case where the damping within the structure is not too great.

An important parameter in this problem is Γ2 = ω2h(s - if)/g, where ω is the wave angular frequency, h the constant water depth, g the acceleration due to gravity, and s and f are parameters describing the porous medium. As the friction in the porous medium, f, becomes non-zero, the eigenfunctions differ from those in the fluid regions, largely owing to the change in the modal wavenumbers, which depend on Γ2.

For an infinite number of values of ΓF2, there are no eigenfunction expansions in the porous medium, owing to the coalescence of two of the wavenumbers. These cases are shown to result in a non-separable mathematical problem and the appropriate wave modes are determined. As the two wavenumbers approach the critical value of Γ2, it is shown that the wave modes can swap their identity.

(Published Online April 26 2006)
(Received January 23 1990)