Idealized numerical simulation of breaking water wave propagating over a viscous mud layer

Yi Hu, Xin Guo, Xinhua Lu, Yi Liu, Robert A. Dalrymple, Lian Shen

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Direct numerical simulation and large-eddy simulation are developed to investigate water waves propagating over viscous fluid mud at the bottom, with a focus on the study of wave breaking case. In the simulations, the water surface and the water-mud interface are captured with a coupled level-set and volume-of-fluid method. For non-breaking water waves of finite amplitude, it is found that the overall wave decay rate is in agreement with the existing linear theory. For breaking water waves, detailed description of the instantaneous flow field is obtained from the simulation. The time history of the total mechanical energy in water and mud shows that during the early stage of the wave breaking, the energy decays slowly; then, the energy decays rapidly; and finally, the decay rate of energy becomes small again. Statistics of the total mechanical energy indicates that the mud layer reduces the wave breaking intensity and shortens the breaking duration significantly. The effect of mud on the energy dissipation also induces a large amount of energy left in the system after the wave breaking. To obtain a better understanding of the underlying mechanism, energy transport in water and mud is analyzed in detail. A study is then performed on the viscous dissipation and the energy transfer at the water-mud interface. It is found that during the wave breaking, the majority of energy is lost at the water surface as well as through the viscous dissipation in mud. The energy and viscous dissipation in mud and the energy transfer at the water-mud interface are strongly affected by the wave breaking at the water surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number112104
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 6 2012

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Funding Information:
Y.H. and X.L. are supported by the fellowship provided by the China Scholarship Council for their studies at the Johns Hopkins University. X.G., Y.L., R.A.D., and L.S. are supported by the Office of Naval Research through the MURI project “Mechanisms of Fluid-Mud Interactions under Waves” (Grant No. N00014-06-1-0718). The simulations were performed on the supercomputers provided by the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) of the Department of Defence.

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