Xuexue Chen, Wael Hassan, Wim Uijttewaal, Toon Verwaest, Henk Jan Verhagen, Tomohiro Suzuki, Sebastiaan N Jonkman


Wide crested dike can reduce the kinetic energy of the overtopping wave and make the overtopping wave to flow back to the seaside. If a coastal town were built on or near a dike, the overtopping wave running on the dike crest generates the force which can affect the buildings located in its path. However, quantifying the hydrodynamic load on the building caused by overtopping waves is not straightforward because little empirical formulas are given in literature for this kind of configuration. Therefore, physical scale model research was carried out. The purpose of this research is to come up with a relationship describing the force on a vertical wall exerted by the overtopping wave as a function of wave parameters and geometrical characteristics.


overtopping wave; hydrodynamic load; vertical wall; wide crested dike

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9753/icce.v33.structures.59