MAXIMUM BREAKER HEIGHT FOR DESIGN

J. Richard Weggel

Abstract


A re-evaluation of previously published breaking wave data is used to develop a relationship for the maximum breaker height in terms of the depth in which the wave breaks, breaker steepness and the local beach slope. This relationship is used with the breaker travel distance equation of Galvin (3)* to estimate the maximum breaker height to which a coastal structure might be subjected. In addition, the range of depths in which a wave of given height will break is found by examination of the upper bound of observed values of dD/HD . An example problem is presented to illustrate the use of the general maximum breaker height design curves.

Keywords


breaking waves; breaker height; maximum breaker

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