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MODELLING THE WOLF ROCK LIGHTHOUSE. (2020). Coastal Engineering Proceedings, 36v, structures.32.


Wolf Rock lighthouse (1870) is an isolated offshore rock tower off the Southwest tip of England, built on a steep pinnacle. It is surrounded by relatively deep water, i.e. 60-70m. The lighthouse is battered by Atlantic winter storms, which result in dramatic wave impacts and exceptional runup, even reaching to its 41m high lantern level. New experimental and numerical modelling campaigns are carried out to understand the structural response of this engineering marvel. This paper will present the main results of the hydrodynamic investigations, highlighting the main issues and achievements of the first-ever attempted model of a rock lighthouse with the ambitious scale of 1:40.

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