Vazquez, M.; Negro, V.; Lopez-Gutierrez, J.S.; Monso, J. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Maritime engineering Vol. 169, num. 3, p. 124-139 DOI: 10.1680/jmaen.2015.1 Data de publicació: 2016-09 Article en revista
A new type of perforated breakwater has been tested combining the advantages of cylindrical geometry with stepped wave energy dissipation. Thus, the new type of caisson implies a significant reduction of maximum wave forces, as well as loads transmitted to the foundation in comparison with conventional vertical breakwater and other types of perforated caissons. Starting from a brief description of the model and test results, this paper describes the development of a methodology for the estimation of maximum wave loads on this type of breakwater, in order to become a generalisable tool for predesign purposes. Construction and installation constraints of this new type of caisson are also assessed. These need to be taken into account in order to keep some advantages from the proposed design, while noting the key factors from a practical point of view.
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