Wave Transmission by Overtopping

by Ralph H. Cross, Ocean Engr.; Alpine Geophysical Assoc., Inc., Norwood, NJ,
Charles K. Sollitt, Grad. Student; MIT, Cambridge, MA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 3, Pg. 295-309

Document Type: Journal Paper


This report presents a semi-empirical theory for ocean wave transmission past breakwaters by overtopping, based on an evaluation of the energy content of the overtopping water. While several coefficients are subject to further investigation, the data show that the general form of the equations developed is correct. Comparison with large-scale model tests reinforces this belief, and comparison of an intermediate theoretical result predicting the volume of overtopping water with published data again shows reasonable agreement. An envelope curve for the transmission coefficient, based on all available data, gives a simple tool for preliminary design estimates of the transmission coefficient.

Subject Headings: Wave overtopping | Power transmission | Ocean waves | Comparative studies | Breaking waves | Breakwaters | Hydro power | Water content

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