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An efficient 3-D infinite element for water wave diffraction problems. (English) Zbl 0687.76009
Summary: An efficient and simple infinite element for modelling the far field potential of water wave diffraction problems is presented. The shape functions in the radial direction comprise the first two terms of the asymptotic expansions of Hankel functions. The integrals with infinite limit for calculating the coefficient matrix have been worked out. Numerical tests on the diffraction by a surface-piercing circular cylinder give surprisingly accurate resultant forces even if the infinite elements are placed very near to the cylinder. Other typical three- dimensional examples also show that satisfactory results can be obtained by the use of this simple infinite element. A computer program, WALOAD, has been developed for computing the wave forces on fixed two and three dimensional bodies.

76B15 Water waves, gravity waves; dispersion and scattering, nonlinear interaction
76M99 Basic methods in fluid mechanics
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