Numerical study of harbor oscillations induced by water surface disturbances within harbors of constant depth

Junliang Gao, Xiaojun Zhou, Li Zhou, Jun Zang, Qiang Chen, Haoyu Ding

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)
33 Downloads (Pure)


Oscillations within an enclosed rectangular harbor and a set of partially opened rectangular harbors with various widths and locations of entrance induced by cubic water surface disturbances with different initial heights and locations are simulated using FUNWAVE 2.0 model. The height and the location of the cubic water surface disturbance refer to its thickness and its relative horizontal position inside the harbor, respectively. The water depth inside and outside all harbors is set to be constant. The aim of this paper is to investigate how different heights and locations of the water surface disturbance and various widths and locations of harbor entrance affect the oscillations inside the harbor. Results show that for the given harbors and the range of the initial height of water surface disturbance studied in this paper, all the response amplitudes of various eigenfrequencies increase linearly with the initial height of water surface disturbance. The variations of the initial location of water surface disturbance along the backwall and sidewall of the harbor can significantly change the transverse and longitudinal oscillation patterns of various modes, respectively. The effects of the variations of the width and location of the harbor entrance on the response amplitudes of various resonant modes both depend on the relative positions of their node lines and antinode lines to the harbor entrance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1663-1681
Number of pages19
JournalOcean Dynamics
Issue number12
Early online date5 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Boussinesq equations
  • FUNWAVE 2.0 model
  • Harbor oscillations
  • Numerical experiments
  • Resonance
  • Wave generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography

Cite this