Tentative engineering approach to scour around spherical bodies in random waves

Dag Myrhaug*, Henrik Føien, Haavard Rue

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An approach by which the scour depth around a spherical body and the self-burial depth of such a body in random waves can be derived is presented. Here the formulas for scour and self-burial depths of a spherical body by Truelsen et al. [Truelsen C, Sumer BM, Fredsøe J. Scour around spherical bodies and self- burial. ASCE J Waterway Port Coast Ocean Eng 2005;131(1):1-13] for regular waves are used. They are combined with describing the waves as a stationary Gaussian narrow-band random process to derive the scour and self-burial depths in random waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-85
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Ocean Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007


  • Random waves
  • Scour depth
  • Self-burial depth
  • Shear stress
  • Stochastic approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering


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