MR8303 - Kinematics and Dynamics of Ocean Surface Waves


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 E

Course content

The course deals with deterministic description of surface gravity waves. The course covers:Transient waves; Cauchy-Poisson problem. Depth- and current-refraction of waves. Waves plus current. Ship waves. Analogy with geometrical optics. Conservation of wave action. Wave induced currents. Nonlinear waves in deep and shallow water. Nonlinear properties of waves with small amplitude. Nonlinear wave theories. Breaking waves.

Learning outcome

To have knowledge of the theoretical basis for and good physical understanding of ocean surface waves which is covered by the topics described in the academic content. To have skills and general competence to be able to apply this knowledge and understanding within own research work, and to master the concepts and terminology which are used in the description of ocean surface waves.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Compulsory assignments

  • 6 exercises

Further on evaluation

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Course materials

C.C. Mei: The Applied Dynamics of Ocean Surface Waves, World Scientific, Publishing Co., Singapore, 1989.Various periodical articles.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIN1582 10.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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