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Assessment of wave load reduction by breakwaters

Broenink, M.E. (2023) Assessment of wave load reduction by breakwaters.

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Abstract:This study aims to quantify the wave attenuating effect of different breakwater heights and establish a quantitative relationship between breakwater height and wave load reduction. By varying the breakwater height and observing the resulting variation in wave load on the dike, the effectiveness of breakwaters in mitigating wave impact is examined. The findings demonstrate that breakwaters exhibit a significant reduction in wave load, even when submerged. However, limitations exist in measuring the exact effect of breakwaters, and there is a knowledge gap regarding the profile of a breakwater after failure. Therefore, further research is strongly recommended to investigate the effectiveness of failed breakwaters, as they show promising load-reducing potential, even when submerged. Only with a comprehensive understanding of failed breakwaters and their impact on wave load breakwaters could be included in the safety assessment of primary flood defence structures.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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