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Rodriguez Gil A.M.,Maritime Experimentation Laboratory | Sanchez Gonzalez J.F.,Maritime Experimentation Laboratory | Serret R.G.,Maritime Experimentation Laboratory | Valdecantos V.N.,Technical University of Madrid
Journal of Hydraulic Research | Year: 2015

This paper reports extensive tests of empirical equations developed by different authors for harbour breakwater overtopping. First, the existing equations are compiled and evaluated as tools for estimating the overtopping rates on sloping and vertical breakwaters. These equations are then tested using the data obtained in a number of laboratory studies performed in the Centre for Harbours and Coastal Studies of the CEDEX, Spain. It was found that the recommended application ranges of the empirical equations typically deviate from those revealed in the experimental tests. In addition, a neural network model developed within the European CLASH Project is tested. The wind effects on overtopping are also assessed using a reduced scale physical model. © 2015 International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research

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