American Society of Civil Engineers

Shock Pressure of Breaking Waves on Vertical Walls

by M. Salih Kirkgoz, (Asst. Prof., Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Cukurova, Adana, Turkey)

Journal of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division
, Vol. 108, No. 1, February 1982, pp. 81-95

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Abstract: Breaking wave impact on vertical walls is studied experimentally with beaches having four different slopes. It is found that a breaking wave having its front face parallel to the wall at the instant of impact produces the greatest shock pressures. Deepwater wave steepness and the bench slope are the two parameters governing the magnitude and location of the maximum dimensionless impact pressure from breaking waves. The greatest pressures are produced with a beach sloping at about one in ten. The length of virtual mass which participates in the impact process, is not constant but varies vertically.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Impact forces
Wave action
Wave power