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Optimal Port Design Minimizing Standing Waves with A Posteriori Long Term Shoreline Sustainability Analysis

Abstract

Optimization theory is applied to a coastal engineering problem that is the design of a port. This approach was applied to the redesign of La Turballe Port in order to increase the exploitable surface area and simultaneously reduce the occurrence of long waves within the port. Having defined the cost function as a weighted function of wave amplitude and with the chosen parameterization of the port, results show that an extended jetty and a widened mole yield a unique optimal solution. This work demonstrates that numerical optimization may be quick and efficient in the identification of port solutions consistent with classic engineering even in the context of complex problems.

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This work describes a full textbook case of port engineering redesigned by optimization theory combined with a posteriori management of an environmental question. The concepts and a comprehensive methodology are presented on the very classic port of La Rochelle; then a realistic application is performed for the redesign of La Turballe Port. The optimal solution presented in Section 4 where an elongated jetty and a widened mole is preferred is determined by optimization theory.

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Cook, M., Bouchette, F., Mohammadi, B. et al. Optimal Port Design Minimizing Standing Waves with A Posteriori Long Term Shoreline Sustainability Analysis. China Ocean Eng 35, 802–813 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13344-021-0071-7

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Key words

  • optimization
  • coastal engineering
  • harbour design
  • hydrodynamics
  • shoreline analysis