EFFECT OF RIP CURRENT BARRIER ON HARBOR SHOALING

Tamio O. Sasaki, Hiroshi Sakuramoto

Abstract


Prototype experiments on rip currents and sediment transport around structures were conducted at two fishery harbors on microtidal high energy beaches facing the Pacific Ocean. The purpose of the experiments was to examine the performance and mechanism of rip current barrier structures on harbor shoaling. Based on the results of five experiments, the wave breaker heights during which varied from 1.1 m to 3.0 m, it is concluded that shore-parallel rip current barriers are effective if their length is greater than the surf zone width and if they are located outside the surf zone. When the above conditions are satisfied, the rip current barrier is a cost-effective measure against shoaling of small craft harbors.

Keywords


rip current; current barrier; harbor; shoaling

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