Spring 2000, TR 9:35 – 10:50, CVLB Room 114

Course Description: Physical and mathematical fundamentals of ocean wave behavior; mechanics of wave motion; use of statistics and probability to develop design wave criteria

Instructor:  Dr. Kuang-An Chang
                    Office: Room 235-C, WERC
                    Tel.: 845-4504
                    Email: kchang@tamu.edu

Office Hours: TR 10:50 – 12:20

Prerequisite: CVEN 311: Fluid Mechanics; Basic computer skill

Textbook: Water Wave Mechanics for Engineers and Scientists, Robert G. Dean & Robert A. Dalrymple, World Scientific, 1991

    1. Basic Wave Mechanics for Coastal and Ocean Engineers, Robert M. Sorensen, Wiley Interscience, 1993
    2. Shore Protection Manual, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vol. I, II, 1984
    3. Mechanics of Wave Forces on Offshore Structures, Turgut Sarpkaya & Michael Isaacson, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981
    4. Random Data: Analysis and measurement procedures, Julius S. Bendat & Allan G. Piersol, Wiley Interscience, 1986

Topics and Number of Lectures                 Topics and Meeting Date

Homework: Homework problems will be assigned approximately every two weeks. The due day will be given on each assignment. Late homework will be penalized (unless you have a strong reason).

Exams: Two one-hour open-book prelims and one two-hour open-book final exam will be given. The tentative schedule for the exams is given in the course outline.

Grading Policy:   
    Homework: 20%
    Two Prelims: 50%
    Final Exam: 30%
    Attendance and class activity will also be counted in the final grading, especially when your score is on the borderline.

Useful Links:
    Tony Dalrymple's Java Applets for Coastal Engineering
    The Coastal Engineering Page (U. Delaware)
    Electronic Classroom on Ocean Wave Theory (OTRC)

Homework and Exam Solutions

cnoidal wave files:  cnoid.m   cdintek.m   cdintee.m
        (need to download all three files and run the main program cnoid.m)