Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Research article
19 Nov 2013
Research article |  | 19 Nov 2013

Focusing wave group on a current of finite depth

D. Merkoune, J. Touboul, N. Abcha, D. Mouazé, and A. Ezersky

Abstract. Formation of freak waves resulting from the wave packets propagating in finite water depth on the background of a current is studied experimentally and numerically. In the experiment, the freak waves appear as a result of dispersion focusing of wave train excited by wave maker with modulated frequency. The space evolution of the frequency modulated train is studied in numerical simulations. We showed that in the water of finite depth, a distance of focusing increases and amplitude in the focal point decreases in comparison with infinite water depth. Experimental results are in good agreement with numerical simulations if wave breaking of surface waves does not occur.