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Experimental Analysis of Wave Overtopping: A New Small Scale Laboratory Dataset for the Assessment of Uncertainty for Smooth Sloped and Vertical Coastal Structures

Williams, Hannah E; Briganti, Riccardo; Romano, Alessandro; Dodd, Nicholas

Authors

Hannah E Williams

Alessandro Romano

NICHOLAS DODD nicholas.dodd@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Coastal Dynamics



Abstract

Most physical model tests carried out to quantify wave overtopping are conducted using a wave energy spectrum, which is then used to generate a free surface wave time series at the wave paddle. This method means that an infinite number of time series can be generated, but, due to the expense of running physical models, often only a single time series is considered. The aim of this work is to investigate the variation in the main overtopping measures when multiple wave times series generated from the same spectrum are used. Physical model tests in a flume measuring 15 m (length) by 0.23 m (width) with an operating depth up to 0.22 m were carried out using a stochastic approach on two types of structures (a smooth slope and a vertical wall), and a variety of wave conditions. Results show variation of overtopping discharge, computed by normalising the range of the discharges at a certain wave condition with the maximum value of the discharge in the range up to 10% , when the same wave time series is used, but this range increases to 75% when different time series are used. This variation is found to be of a similar magnitude to both the one found with similar experiments looking at the phenomena in numerical models, and that specified by the confidence bounds in empirical methods.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 13, 2019
Journal Journal of Marine Science and Engineering
Electronic ISSN 2077-1312
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 7
Article Number 217
APA6 Citation Williams, H. E., Briganti, R., Romano, A., & Dodd, N. (2019). Experimental Analysis of Wave Overtopping: A New Small Scale Laboratory Dataset for the Assessment of Uncertainty for Smooth Sloped and Vertical Coastal Structures. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 7(7), https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7070217
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7070217

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