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Researcher examines motion of breaking waves

Posted March 27, 2013

researcherex[1]Using new imaging equipment, South Dakota State University civil engineering professor Francis Ting, left, senior Matt Auch and graduate student Jedidiah Reimnitz, will examine the motion of waves in three dimensions. They will compare their experimental measurements with computer simulations performed by researchers at the University of Delaware Center for Applied Coastal Research.

During the spring of 2011, Lake Poinsett homeowners were amazed at how easily the waves destroyed their sandbag and concrete barricades, but South Dakota State University Civil Engineering Professor Francis Ting was not. He has been studying the motion of breaking waves for nearly 25 years.

“Waves a couple of feet high can produce tremendous forces” Ting said. As a result, he explained, “agencies are willing to put resources into protecting the coastline.”

In recognition of his work with breaking waves, Ting was named Distinguished Researcher and Scholar for the College of Engineering at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence last month.

Ting began analyzing waves as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Delaware Center for Applied Coastal Research in 1989. After coming to SDSU in 1995, he has continued that collaboration through funding from the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. Since 2000, Ting has received more than $1 million to support his work.

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