China Ocean Engineering

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 151–159 | Cite as

Peak dynamic pressure on semi- and quarter-circular breakwaters under wave troughs

  • Xue-lian Jiang
  • Qing-ping Zou
  • Ji-ning Song


A series of physical tests are conducted to examine the characteristics of the wave loading exerted on circular-front breakwaters by regular waves. It is found that the wave trough instead of wave crest plays a major role in the failure of submerged circular caissons due to seaward sliding. The difference in the behavior of seaward and shoreward horizontal wave forces is explained based on the variations of dynamic pressure with wave parameters. A wave load model is proposed based on a modified first-order solution for the dynamic pressure on submerged circular-front caissons under a wave trough. This wave loading model is very useful for engineering design. Further studies are needed to include model uncertainties in the reliability assessment of the breakwater.

Key words

semicircular breakwater quarter-circular breakwater wave trough load seaward wave force shoreward wave force 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and SafetyTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Tianjin Key Laboratory of Soft Soil Characteristics & Engineering Environment, School of Civil EngineeringTianjin Chengjian UniversityTianjinChina
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringThe University of MaineOronoUSA
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River EngineeringSichuan UniversityChengduChina

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