Comparison of Wave Overtopping Prediction to Measurements from Large-Scale Model Tests

by Peter E. Gadd, Tekmarine Inc, Sierra Madre, CA, USA,
Jerry L. Machemehl, Tekmarine Inc, Sierra Madre, CA, USA,
Victor Manikian, Tekmarine Inc, Sierra Madre, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Arctic Offshore


A recent large-scale physical model study was sponsored by Arco Alaska, Inc. , to evaluate slope designs for an Arctic offshore oil drilling island. The drilling island will be located in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a water depth of 8 feet. The physical model studied armor stability, slope stability, wave run-up, and wave overtopping. Measured values of monochromatic wave run-up and overtopping were compared to those computed using standard prediction methods. Computed wave run-up and overtopping values substantially exceeded the values measured in the model study. Further analysis shows that overtopping prediction is improved if large-scale run-up data is used as input to the wave overtopping equation.

Subject Headings: Wave overtopping | Offshore drilling | Wave runup | Water waves | Wave equations | Wave measurement | Physical models | Alaska | United States | Arctic

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