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A simplified method to downscale wave dynamics on vertical breakwaters

Abstract: A coastal structure is usually designed with the final objective to guarantee its functionality and stability throughout its life cycle. Regarding stability, the three main failure modes are sliding, overturning and failure of the foundations. To accomplish the design objectives, a design sea state is usually used when calculating the loads and scour around the structure. This design sea state corresponds to a certain sea state with specific return period values of a significant wave height. However, the combination of different simultaneous sea state parameters can produce other critical situations compromising the stability of the structure which then require the calculation of long time series of wave forces corresponding to long-term historical wave situations. Moreover, a design force associated to a certain return period can be defined from the time series of the stability parameters. The most accurate techniques which can be used to estimate structure stability are based on numerical and physical models, but these are very time consuming and the calculation of long time series is therefore unfeasible. Here, we propose a hybrid methodology to transform wave conditions into wave forces acting upon vertical structures and scour around it. The methodology consists of a selection of a subset of sea states representative of wave climate at the structure location, using a maximum dissimilarity algorithm, The wave forces acting upon the structure and scour around it, for the wave situations selected, are then estimated as is the reconstruction of the calculated parameters corresponding to historical sea states using an interpolation technique based on radial basis function. The validation of the results, through a direct comparison between reconstructed series and analytically (semi-empirical formulations) calculated ones, confirms the ability of the developed methodology to reconstruct time series of stability parameters on vertical breakwaters. This methodology allows its application to numerical and physical models.

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 Autoría: Guanche Y., Camus P., Guanche R., Mendez F.J., Medina R.,

 Fuente: Coastal Engineering, 2013, 71, 68-77

Editorial: Elsevier

 Fecha de publicación: 01/01/2013

Nº de páginas: 10

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2012.08.001

ISSN: 0378-3839,1872-7379

 Proyecto español: CTM2010-15009

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2012.08.001