Publication Details

This article was originally published as Zhang, YL and Zhu, SP, A third-order Boussinesq model applied to nonlinear evolution of shallow-water waves, Journal of Hydrodynamics, 12(2), 2000, 107-126. Original article available here.


The conventional Boussinesq model is extended to the third order in dispersion and nonlinearity. The new equations are shown to possess better linear dispersion characteristics. For the evolution of periodic waves over a constant depth, the computed wave envelops are spatially aperiodic and skew. The model is then applied to the study of wave focusing by a topographical lens and the results are compared with Whalin's (1971) experimental data as well as some previous results from the conventional Boussinesq model. Encouragingly, improved agreement with Whalin's experimental data is found.