How to Cite

Maroudi, K. A., & Reijmerink, S. P. (2020). ADVANCED MODELLING OF WAVE PENETRATION IN PORTS. Coastal Engineering Proceedings, (36v), waves.18.


Wave penetration is a challenge for port engineers as it governs vessels' safe sailing and mooring and unequivocally regulates the handling of port operations. A complete way to describe this phenomenon is by a physical scale model. However, this approach can be time consuming and expensive, therefore the use of a numerical model is a valid alternative. In this study, wave penetration is simulated with the non-hydrostatic model SWASH (Zijlema, 2011). To validate the model, the output of an open benchmark dataset of physical scale model tests (Van der Ven, 2018) is used. This study evaluates to what degree SWASH models correctly simulate wave penetration per wave process, separately in simplified models and in combination in the full harbour layout, to identify their role in the model accuracy.

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Van der Ven, Reijmerink, Van der Hout, De Jong (2018) Comparison of Validation Studies of Wave-Penetration Models using Open Benchmark Datasets of Deltares, PIANC World Congress 2018, At Panama City, Panama

Van Mierlo (2014) Numerical modelling of wave penetration in ports, MSc thesis, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Zijlema, Stelling, Smit (2011) SWASH: An operational public domain code for simulating wave fields and rapidly varied flows in coastal waters. Coastal Engineering, 58(10): 992-1012

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