CAN WE DEVELOP NEW BREAKWATER ARMOUR FORMULAE?

John Dorrington Mettam

Abstract


The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the limitations of present empirical methods for the design of rubble mound breakwaters, particularly those using concrete armour units. Although it is unlikely that analytical techniques could become an adequate substitute for model testing, they should contribute significantly to a major advance in our understanding of breakwater behaviour. This is now long overdue and the art of breakwater design should be capable of substantial development.

Keywords


breakwater design; breakwater armor; armor formulae

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