Experimental research on kinematics of breaking waves

De Wang Chia, Longbin Tao, Xin Wang, Yali Zhang, Arun Kr Dev

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One important kinematic properties of breaking waves is the wave celerity. Constant wave celerity has been used for the wave breaking criterion by many researchers. However, this approach does not consider the variation of wave celerity at different phases before breaking. Hence, this article examines the aspects of the wave breaking criterion and dynamics of wave celerity before wave breaking. Breaking waves were generated using the JONSWAP focused spectrum and a semi-empirical formula for the wave celerity estimation was established.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-394
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hydrodynamics
Issue number3
Early online date25 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018


  • plunging wave
  • wave breaking
  • wave celerity
  • wave tank
  • wave kinematics


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