Breaking wave loads at vertical seawalls and breakwaters

Cuomo, G. and Allsop, W. and Bruce, T. and Pearson, J. (2010) Breaking wave loads at vertical seawalls and breakwaters. Coastal Engineering, 57 (4). pp. 424-439.

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Abstract

This paper presents recent advances in knowledge on wave loads, based on experimental work carried out in the CIEM/LIM large flume at Barcelona within the framework of the VOWS (Violent Overtopping by Waves at Seawalls) project. Both quasi-static and impact wave forces from the new data set have been compared with predictions by empirical and analytical methods. The scatter in impact forces has been found to be large over the whole range of measurements, with no existing method giving especially good predictions. Based on general considerations, a simple and intuitive set of prediction formulae has been introduced for quasi-static and impact forces, and overturning moments, giving good agreement with the new measurements. New prediction formulae have been compared with previous measurements from physical model tests at small and large scale, giving satisfactory results over a relatively wide range of test conditions. The time variation of wave impacts is discussed, together with pressure distribution up the wall, which shows that within experimental limitations the measured pressures are within existing limits of previous study.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Coasts > Coastal structures
Coasts > Overtopping
Coasts > General
Divisions: Maritime
Coastal
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email i.services@hrwallingford.com
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 09:49
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 09:49
URI: http://eprints.hrwallingford.com/id/eprint/774

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