Masters Theses

Abstract

"A study was conducted to determine the affects of deep water gravity waves on oil lenses and surface floats. The experiment was conducted in a wave tank equipped with a mechanical wave generator. The data obtained consisted of the measured velocities of oil lenses and thin plastic floats under the action of a variety of wave conditions. It was found that waves do cause a movement of the oil lenses and surface floats, and their velocity was found to be greater than the surface drift predicted by Stokes' theory of mass transport by waves in a single component fluid. For wave conditions at which the Stokes' velocity is higher than 2 centimeters per second, the measured velocities of the surface floats were 35 to 150 percent greater than the Stokes' velocity. It was also found that the oil lenses traveled at about the same velocity as flexible plastic floats of the same length. The drift velocity of the floats increased with increases in float length in the regime where the float length was smaller than the length of waves used. For float length greater than the wave length, the drift velocity was insensitive to float size"--Abstract, page ii.

Advisor(s)

Alofs, Darryl J.

Committee Member(s)

Reisbig, R. L.
Stampfer, J. F.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s)

United States. Coast Guard

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

1972

Pagination

vi, 34 pages

Rights

© 1972 Paul Keith Scherrer, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Drift waves -- Measurement
Water waves
Oil spills

Thesis Number

T 2717

Print OCLC #

6033205

Electronic OCLC #

881849066

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