Application of Computational Model on Berm Breakwater Design

by J. W. van der Meer, Delft Hydraulics, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Berm Breakwaters: Unconventional Rubble-Mound Breakwaters


The development of a computational model on dynamic stability is summarized. The model is able to predict profiles of slopes with an arbitrary shape under varying wave conditions. The model is used to design a berm breakwater in relatively deep water (18 m) and for severe wave conditions (HS=7.6 m). First the dimensions of the berm breakwater were optimized with respect to the amount of required armor stone. Then the influences of water depth, stone class and wave climate were investigated. Finally the stability after the first storm was analyzed in more detail.

Subject Headings: Dynamic models | Breakwaters | Rocks | Wave climates | Hydraulic design | Hydraulic models | Slope stability | Computer models

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