Design Experience Gained Through Physical Modeling of Small-Craft Harbors

by Robert R. Bottin, Jr., USAE Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Marina '91


A research work unit has been initiated to determine the state-of-knowledge of small boat harbor design. Existing design criteria for small-craft harbor design is based primarily on 'rule-of-thumb' or 'down-sized' deep-draft navigation channel design criteria. The research will consolidate existing knowledge on small-craft harbor design, develop a summary of lessons learned, and identify research activities needed to fill gaps in existing design criteria. Upon completion, this research will provide comprehensive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers guidance for small-craft harbor design. As part of the work unit, this paper summarizes current design experience gained through physical modeling of small boat harbors.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Small craft | Physical models | Hydraulic models | Hydraulic design | Sediment transport | Navigation (waterway) | Channels (waterway)

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