The Bivariate Distribution of Wave Heights and Periods in Mixed Sea States

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G. Rodríguez

Department of Physics, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35017 Las Palmas, Spain

C. Guedes Soares

Unit of Marine Technology and Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 121(2), 102-108 (May 01, 1999) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2830073 History: Received August 01, 1998; Revised December 03, 1998; Online December 17, 2007


The probabilistic structure of the bivariate distribution of sea wave heights and periods in sea states with two-peaked spectra is examined by means of numerically simulated wave records. Two-peaked sea states are classified in nine representative groups, in terms of two dimensionless parameters. The asymmetric and bimodal nature of the distribution is examined for each one of these two parameters.

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