FATIGUE IN BREAKWATER CONCRETE ARMOUR UNITS

Hans F. Burchath

Abstract


The reliability of rubble mound breakwaters depends on the hydraulic stability and the mechanical strength of the armour units. The paper deals with the important aspect of fatigue related to the strength of concrete armour units. Results showing significant fatigue from impact tests with Dolosse made of unreinforced and steel fibre reinforced flyash concrete are presented. Moreover universal graphs for fatigue in armour units made of conventional unreinforced concrete exposed to impact load and pulsating load are presented. The effect of fibre reinforcement and the implementation of fatigue in a stochastic design process are discussed.

Keywords


breakwater; breakwater fatigue; concrete armor; armor unit

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