Dutch Experience on Design of Dikes and Revetments

by Krystian W. Pilarczyk, Road and Hydraulic Engineering Div, GA Delft, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


The increased demand for reliable design methods for protecting structures has resulted in The Netherlands in preparing a set of design guidelines for design of dikes and revetments. The Dutch principles of functional and technical design of these structures are discussed. Design methods concerning the shape and the height of dikes, as well as stability criteria for slope protection and for protection against overtopping are included. Two cases of failure of revetments are also briefly discussed.

Subject Headings: Revetments | Levees and dikes | Hydraulic design | Wave overtopping | Structural reliability | Slope stability | Sea walls | Netherlands | Europe

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