Nonlinear Shoaling and Impact of Waves on Coastal Structures

by S. T. Grilli, Univ of Rhode Island, Kingston, United States,
M. A. Losada, Univ of Rhode Island, Kingston, United States,
F. Martin, Univ of Rhode Island, Kingston, United States,
I. A. Svendsen, Univ of Rhode Island, Kingston, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Mechanics

Abstract: A two-dimensional fully nonlinear potential flow model is used to calculate shoaling of solitary and enoidal waves over a sloping bottom and interaction with submerged or emerged coastal structures. Shoaling rates and amplitudes are calculated during wave propagation and transformation. Comparison is made with low-order theory and with experiments. Wave impact and breaking on coastal structures are calculated for waves entering the shallower water region. Velocities, impact pressures and forces are calculated and compared to experimental results.

Subject Headings: Wave shoaling | Ocean waves | Two-dimensional models | Two-dimensional flow | Nonlinear waves | Breaking waves | Coastal protection structures | Potential flow

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