Large Rubble-Mound Breakwater Failures

by Eugene H. Harlow, (F.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterway Port Coastal and Ocean Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 275-278

Document Type: Journal Paper


Failures of some recent large rubble-mound breakwater have motivated a series of investigations into their causes. Opinions have differed widely. It is the purpose of this brief note to describe a major factor about such structures that has not been considered. The mechanism by which waves cause large internal water pressures of a dynamic character is outlined. Research into the quantitative effects of this phenomenon is recommended as a benefit to future designs.

Subject Headings: Water pressure | Breakwaters | Failure analysis | Dynamic pressure | Motivation | Forensic engineering | Internal waves | Wave pressure

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