Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference


large-scale experiments
wave force

How to Cite

WAVE LOADS ON EXPOSED JETTIES: DESCRIPTION OF LARGE SCALE EXPERIMENTS AND PRELIMINARY RESULTS. (2011). Coastal Engineering Proceedings, 1(32), structures.18. https://doi.org/10.9753/icce.v32.structures.18


The large scale experiments described in this paper were carried out at the Large Wave Flume (GWK, Große Wellenkanal) in Hanover (Germany). The research team included Universities of Bologna (IT), Edinburgh (UK), Southampton (UK), Plymouth (UK), HR Wallingford (UK) and Coast & Harbor Engineering Inc (USA). Wave-induced loads on close-to-prototype scale jetties were measured, with particular attention to scale effects due to air content in water. The aim of the paper is to present the tests, describe the impact process and give preliminary results concerning uplift loads.


Bea, R.G., R. Iversen and T. Xu (2001): Wave-in-Deck Forces on Offshore Platforms. J. Offshore Mechanics and Artic Eng., 123, 10-21.http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.1342160

Bull M.K. (1967): Wall-pressure fluctuations associated with subsonic turbulent boundary layer flow.

J. Fluid Mech., 1967, 28 (4), 719-754.http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022112067002411

Cuomo, G., M. Tirindelli and N.W.H. Allsop (2007): Wave-in-deck loads on exposed jetties, Coastal Engineering, 54(9), 657-679.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2007.01.010

Gaeta, M.G. (2009): Two phase numerical model for coastal applications. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Bologna, 198 pp.

Hunt, A.C. (2003): Extreme waves, overtopping and flooding at sea defences, Ph.D. Thesis, Oxford Univ.

Lamberti A., L. Martinelli, M. Guerrero, G. Gaeta, W. Allsop, J. Alderson, M. Tirindelli, V. Shepsis, A.H. Rab, B. Sellar, T. Bruce (2010a): Large scale measurements of extreme wave loadings on exposed jetties, Proc. HYDRALAB III Joint User Meeting, Hannover, 45-48.

Lamberti A., L. Martinelli, G. Gaeta, M. Tirindelli, J. Alderson (2010b): Experimental spatial correlation of wave loads on front decks, submitted, J. of Hydraulic Research.

Martinelli L., A. Lamberti, M. G. Gaeta, M. Guerrero (2010): Sollecitazioni ondose su pontili a grande scala. parte 2: analisi delle forze, Proc Convegno di Idraulica e Costruzioni Idrauliche, IDRA, Palermo, in italian.

McConnell, K., N.W.H. Allsop and I. Cruickshank (2004): Piers, jetties and related structures exposed to waves: guidelines for hydraulic loadings, HR Wallingford, Wallingford, UK, 2004, ISBN 072773265X.http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/pjarsetw.32651

Shepsis, V., S. Fenical, J. Bardi and M. Tirindelli. (2007): Reconstruction of Cozumel's international cruise terminal after hurricane Wilma, Proc. Coastal Structures 2007, 2000-2010.

Tirindelli, M. (2004): Wave-induces forces on maritime structures, Ph. D Thesis, Politecnico di Milano.

Tirindelli, M., G. Cuomo, N.W.H. Allsop and A. Lamberti (2002): Wave-in-deck forces on jetties and related structures, Proc. ISOPE 2003, Honolulu, electronic format.

Authors retain copyright and grant the Proceedings right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this Proceedings.