Eigenfunction Matching for a Vertical Fixed Plate

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We consider fixed vertical plate and determine scattering using Category:Symmetry in Two Dimensions

Governing Equations

The water is assumed to have constant finite depth [math]h[/math] and the [math]z[/math]-direction points vertically upward with the water surface at [math]z=0[/math] and the sea floor at [math]z=-h[/math]. We begin with the Frequency Domain Problem for a fixed vertical plate which occupies the region [math]x=0[/math] and [math]-a\gt z\gt -b[/math] where [math]0\lt a\lt b\lt h[/math]. We assume [math]e^{i\omega t}[/math] time dependence.

The boundary value problem can therefore be expressed as

[math] \Delta\phi=0, \,\, -h\lt z\lt 0, [/math]

[math] \partial_z\phi=0, \,\, z=-h, [/math]

[math] \partial_z\phi=\alpha\phi, \,\, z=0,\,x\lt 0, [/math]

[math] \partial_x\phi=0, \,\, -a\gt z\gt -b,\,x=0, [/math]

We must also apply the Sommerfeld Radiation Condition as [math]|x|\rightarrow\infty[/math]. This essentially implies that the only wave at infinity is propagating away and at negative infinity there is a unit incident wave and a wave propagating away.

Solution Method

We use separation of variables in the two regions, [math]x\lt 0[/math] and [math]x\gt 0[/math].

We express the potential as

[math] \phi(x,z) = X(x)Z(z)\, [/math]

and then Laplace's equation becomes

[math] \frac{X^{\prime\prime}}{X} = - \frac{Z^{\prime\prime}}{Z} = k^2 [/math]

Separation of variables for a free surface

We use separation of variables

We express the potential as

[math] \phi(x,z) = X(x)Z(z)\, [/math]

and then Laplace's equation becomes

[math] \frac{X^{\prime\prime}}{X} = - \frac{Z^{\prime\prime}}{Z} = k^2 [/math]

The separation of variables equation for deriving free surface eigenfunctions is as follows:

[math] Z^{\prime\prime} + k^2 Z =0. [/math]

subject to the boundary conditions

[math] Z^{\prime}(-h) = 0 [/math]


[math] Z^{\prime}(0) = \alpha Z(0) [/math]

We can then use the boundary condition at [math]z=-h \, [/math] to write

[math] Z = \frac{\cos k(z+h)}{\cos kh} [/math]

where we have chosen the value of the coefficent so we have unit value at [math]z=0[/math]. The boundary condition at the free surface ([math]z=0 \,[/math]) gives rise to:

[math] k\tan\left( kh\right) =-\alpha \, [/math]

which is the Dispersion Relation for a Free Surface

The above equation is a transcendental equation. If we solve for all roots in the complex plane we find that the first root is a pair of imaginary roots. We denote the imaginary solutions of this equation by [math]k_{0}=\pm ik \,[/math] and the positive real solutions by [math]k_{m} \,[/math], [math]m\geq1[/math]. The [math]k \,[/math] of the imaginary solution is the wavenumber. We put the imaginary roots back into the equation above and use the hyperbolic relations

[math] \cos ix = \cosh x, \quad \sin ix = i\sinh x, [/math]

to arrive at the dispersion relation

[math] \alpha = k\tanh kh. [/math]

We note that for a specified frequency [math]\omega \,[/math] the equation determines the wavenumber [math]k \,[/math].

Finally we define the function [math]Z(z) \,[/math] as

[math] \chi_{m}\left( z\right) =\frac{\cos k_{m}(z+h)}{\cos k_{m}h},\quad m\geq0 [/math]

as the vertical eigenfunction of the potential in the open water region. From Sturm-Liouville theory the vertical eigenfunctions are orthogonal. They can be normalised to be orthonormal, but this has no advantages for a numerical implementation. It can be shown that

[math] \int\nolimits_{-h}^{0}\chi_{m}(z)\chi_{n}(z) \mathrm{d} z=A_{n}\delta_{mn} [/math]


[math] A_{n}=\frac{1}{2}\left( \frac{\cos k_{n}h\sin k_{n}h+k_{n}h}{k_{n}\cos ^{2}k_{n}h}\right). [/math]

Incident potential

To create meaningful solutions of the velocity potential [math]\phi[/math] in the specified domains we add an incident wave term to the expansion for the domain of [math]x \lt 0[/math] above. The incident potential is a wave of amplitude [math]A[/math] in displacement travelling in the positive [math]x[/math]-direction. We would only see this in the time domain [math]\Phi(x,z,t)[/math] however, in the frequency domain the incident potential can be written as

[math] \phi_{\mathrm{I}}(x,z) =e^{-k_{0}x}\chi_{0}\left( z\right). [/math]

The total velocity (scattered) potential now becomes [math]\phi = \phi_{\mathrm{I}} + \phi_{\mathrm{D}}[/math] for the domain of [math]x \lt 0[/math].

The first term in the expansion of the diffracted potential for the domain [math]x \lt 0[/math] is given by

[math] a_{0}e^{k_{0}x}\chi_{0}\left( z\right) [/math]

which represents the reflected wave.

In any scattering problem [math]|R|^2 + |T|^2 = 1[/math] where [math]R[/math] and [math]T[/math] are the reflection and transmission coefficients respectively. In our case of the semi-infinite dock [math]|a_{0}| = |R| = 1[/math] and [math]|T| = 0[/math] as there are no transmitted waves in the region under the dock.

Expansion of the Potential

Therefore the potential can be expanded as

[math] \phi(x,z)=e^{-{k}_0x}\phi_0(z)+\sum_{m=0}^{\infty}a_{m}e^{{k}_{m}x}\phi_{m}(z), \;\;x\lt 0 [/math]


[math] \phi(x,z)=\sum_{m=0}^{\infty}b_{m} e^{-{k}_{m}x}\phi_{m}(z), \;\;x\gt 0 [/math]

Solution using Symmetry

The problem is symmetric about the line [math]x=0[/math] and this allows us to solve the problem using symmetry. We decompose the solution into a symmetric and an anti-symmetric part as is described in Symmetry in Two Dimensions

Symmetric solution

The symmetric potential can be expanded as

[math] \phi^{s}(x,z)=e^{-k_{0}(x)}\phi_{0}\left( z\right) + \sum_{m=0}^{\infty}a_{m}^{s}e^{k_{m}(x)}\phi_{m}(z) , \;\;x\lt 0 [/math]

The boundary condition is that [math]\partial_x \phi = 0[/math] on [math]x=0[/math]. The problem reduces to Waves reflecting off a vertical wall. [math]a_{0}^{s}=1[/math] [math]a_{m}^{s}=0,\, \,n \gt 0[/math]

Anti-symmetric solution

The anti-symmetric potential can be expanded as

[math] \phi^{a}(x,z)=e^{-k_{0}(x)}\phi_{0}\left( z\right) + \sum_{m=0}^{\infty}a_{m}^{a}e^{k_{m}(x)}\phi_{m}(z) , \;\;x\lt 0 [/math]

For the anti-symmetric solution the potential satisfies [math]\partial_x \phi = 0, -a\gt z\gt -b[/math] on [math]x=0[/math] and [math] \phi = 0, 0\gt z\gt -a, -b\gt z\gt -h[/math]. We impose this condition by integrating the following

[math] \int_{-h}^{0} \phi_m(z) \left\{ \begin{matrix} \phi^{a}(0,z),\,\,0\gt z\gt -a\,\,-b\gt z\gt -h\\ \partial_x\phi^{a}(0,z),\,\,-a\gt z\gt -b \end{matrix} \right\} dz = 0 [/math]

Therefore we have a system of equations of the form

[math] \sum_{n=0}^{N} A_{mn} a^{a}_n = f_m [/math]


[math] A_{mn} = \int_{-h}^{-b} \phi_m(z)\phi_n(z) dz + \int_{-a}^{0} \phi_m(z)\phi_n(z) dz + \int_{-b}^{-a} k_n \phi_m(z)\phi_n(z) dz [/math]


[math] f_m = \int_{-h}^{-b} \phi_m(z)\phi_0(z) dz + \int_{-a}^{0} \phi_m(z)\phi_0(z) dz - \int_{-b}^{-a} k_0 \phi_m(z)\phi_0(z) dz [/math]

Solution to the original problem

We can now reconstruct the potential for the finite dock from the two previous symmetric and anti-symmetric solution as explained in Symmetry in Two Dimensions. The amplitude in the left open-water region is simply obtained by the superposition principle

[math] a_{m} = \frac{1}{2}\left(a_{m}^{s}+a_{m}^{a}\right) [/math]

and in the right open water region is just

[math] a_{m} = \frac{1}{2}\left(a_{m}^{s} - a_{m}^{a}\right) [/math]

Therefore the scattered potential (without the incident wave, which will be added later) can be expanded as

[math] \phi(x,z)= e^{-k_{0}x}\phi_{0} + \sum_{m=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{2}\left(a_{m}^{s} + a_{m}^{a}\right) e^{k_{m}x}\phi_{m}(z), \;\;x\lt 0 [/math]


[math] \phi(x,z)=\sum_{m=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{2}\left(a_{m}^{s} - a_{m}^{a}\right) e^{-k_{m}x}\phi_{m}(z), \;\;x\gt 0 [/math]

Solution with Waves Incident at an Angle

We can consider the problem when the waves are incident at an angle [math]\theta[/math].

When a wave in incident at an angle [math]\theta [/math] we have the wavenumber in the [math]y[/math] direction is [math]k_y = \sin\theta k_0[/math] where [math]k_0[/math] is as defined previously (note that [math]k_y[/math] is imaginary).

This means that the potential is now of the form [math]\phi(x,y,z)=e^{k_y y}\phi(x,z)[/math] so that when we separate variables we obtain

[math] k^2 = k_x^2 + k_y^2 [/math]

where [math]k[/math] is the separation constant calculated without an incident angle.

Therefore the potential can be expanded as

[math] \phi(x,z)=e^{-\hat{k}_0x}\phi_0(z)+\sum_{m=0}^{\infty}a_{m}e^{\hat{k}_{m}x}\phi_{m}(z), \;\;x\lt 0 [/math]


[math] \phi(x,z)=\sum_{m=0}^{\infty}b_{m} e^{-\hat{k}_{m}x}\phi_{m}(z), \;\;x\gt 0 [/math]

where [math]\hat{k}_{m} = \sqrt{k_m^2 - k_y^2}[/math] and [math]\hat{\kappa}_{m} = \sqrt{\kappa_m^2 - k_y^2}[/math] where we always take the positive real root or the root with positive imaginary part.

The equations are derived almost identically to those above and we obtain

Matlab Code

A program to calculate the coefficients for the vertical fixed plate can be found here vertical_fixed_plate.m (note the solution uses symmetry but presents the full solution)

Additional code

This program requires