Scaling of transient wave-soil interaction problems

Heng Xiao, Yin Lu Young, Jean H. Prévost

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Within the framework of compressible multi-phase flow through deformable porous media, wave-soil interactions in the near-shore region during wave runup and drawdown are modeled. Critical non-dimensional parameters governing the interaction processes are identified. Within the context of wave basin and centrifuge wave tank facilities, we propose scaling relations for the experimental investigations of the transient and steady-state responses of wave-soil systems. Numerical simulations are conducted to illustrate and confirm the theoretical and scaling analyses. Based on the simulations results, the implications on the design of experiments and interpretation of results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-858
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • General Materials Science
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


  • Experimental scaling
  • Storm surge
  • Tsunami
  • Wave-soil interaction


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