The java-based numerical modeling program is a software program intended to be used by researchers studying near shore wave dynamics and planning to perform physical modeling of their experiments. This report expounds on the important features of the program and how it simplifies the process of using numerical wave models. It also explains the need for simplified numerical models and the implementation of those simplifications in the program. When experimenting in wave flume facilities, unforeseen complications can slow down an experiment schedule and cost researchers time and funding. Numerical wave models provide a way for researchers to anticipate some of these problems during the experimental design phase and adjust accordingly. However, not all numerical models are created equal, nor are they easy to learn and use. The Java-based program acts a middle-man between powerful, yet complex numerical models and a researcher who is unfamiliar with numerical modeling. The goal of the program is to shorten the experimental design phase and reduce unknowns in the physical testing phase. Key features of the program presented in this report include real-time updating of graphical results and the simplification of inputs, outputs, and the user interface.
Allen Grimes, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Principle Investigator: Patrick Lynett, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
REU site: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
REU advisor: Alicia Lyman-Holt
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Sean Brophy (2011), "A JAVA-BASED NUMERICAL WAVE TANK FOR EFFICIENT EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN ," http://nees.org/resources/3116.