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Coastal protection structures

Dikes, revetments and wave breaker are structures to protect the coast that have to withstand extreme forces due to wave attack.

Dikes and revetments protect the hinterland from high water levels and breaking waves and are closely linked to the cultural landscape along the coast. Wave breaker are mainly used in offshore and harbour construction to protect coastal structures from high wave forces. Such structures are of high importance for the safety and prosperity of society and hence have to adhere to extremely high safety standards. In order to build and maintain them in an economic optimal fashion, it is important to understand the underlying physical processes and to develop high quality design standards.

Therefore, the combination of large scale experiments and numerical simulations is essential. Research topics include:

  • Wave runup and wave overtopping
  • Breaking wave impact
  • Hydrodynamics inside and outside a structure
  • Dynamic interaction between waves, structure and subsoil
  • Failure forms and mechanisms

Associated projects

Coastal protection structures

ExTraWaG – Generation of extreme transient waves in experimental models

 

Supervisor:

Dr.-Ing. Markus Brühl

Researcher:

M.Sc. Huichen Zhang

Project duration:

November 2016 - Oktober 2017

Funded by:

Leibniz Universität Hannover (Wege in die Forschung II - Projektförderung für Nachwuchswissenschaftler/innen)

 

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Ermittlung des Abriebs an Eisensilikatgestein unter Wellenbelastung

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Supervisor:

Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Kudella

Project duration:

Juni 2017 - August 2017

Funded by:

Aurubis AG

Project partner:

Ludwig-Franzius-Institut für Wasserbau, Ästuar- und Küsteningenieurwesen

 

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Dynamic Coastal Protection: Resilience of dynamic Revetments under Sea Level Rise

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Supervisor:

Dr. Christopher Blenkinsopp

Project duration:

17.07.2017 - 29.09.2017

Funded by:

HYDRALAB+ - Transnational Access

Project partner:

University of Bath; University of Plymouth; National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool; Delft University; LEGOS-IRD; TU Delft; Ghent University; Deltares; University of New South Wales; University of Queensland; University of Delaware;

 

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Wellenbelastung und Stabilität hydraulisch gebundener Deckwerke

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Supervisor:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hocine Oumeraci, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Schüttrumpf

Researcher:

Volker Kühling (TU Braunschweig); Moritz Kreyenschulte (RWTH Aachen)

Project duration:

10.04.2017 - 04.08.2017

Funded by:

BMBF

Project partner:

LWI, TU Braunschweig; IWW, RWTH Aachen

 

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Physical Model Erosion Tests on Loam Material under Wave Action

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Supervisor:

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schimmels

Researcher:

Matthias Kudella, Stefan Schimmels, Franziska Staudt, Moritz Thom

Project duration:

02.01.2017 - 12.04.2017

 

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Impact of Changes in the Foreshore on Coastal Defence Performance

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Supervisor:

Dr. Riccardo Briganti

Project duration:

29.08.2016 - 18.11.2016

Funded by:

HYDRALAB+ - Transnational Access

Project partner:

University of Nottingham; University of Catania; UNESCO-IHE; University of Newcastle; University of Ghent; Flandres Hydraulic Research; University of Rome La Sapenzia; University of Genova;

 

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HYDRALAB+

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Project duration:

September 2015 - August 2019

Funded by:

EU (Horizont 2020)

 

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HYDRALAB IV

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Project duration:

October 2010 - September 2014

Funded by:

EU (FP7)

 

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HyReS (HYDRALAB IV)

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Supervisor:

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schimmels

Researcher:

Dr. Hernán Fernandez, Karunya Ramachandran, M.Sc.

Project duration:

October 2010 - September 2014

Test duration:

3 weeks

Funded by:

HYDRALAB IV

 

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Focused wave experiments (HyReS)

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Supervisor:

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schimmels

Researcher:

Dr. Hernán Fernandez

Test duration:

2 weeks

Funded by:

HYDRALAB IV

 

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Tsunami generation experiments (HyReS)

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Supervisor:

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schimmels

Researcher:

Dr. Hernán Fernandez

Test duration:

1 week

Funded by:

HYDRALAB IV

 

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WAVESLAM - Wave Slamming Forces on Truss Structures in Shallow Water

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Supervisor:

Professor Ove T. Gudmestad, UiS and Associate Professor Øivind A. Arntsen

Test duration:

6 weeks

Funded by:

HYDRALAB IV - Transnational Access

Project partner:

University of Stavanger Norwegian; University of Science and Technology (NTNU); University of Gdansk TU Hamburg; Reinertsen AS; MARINTEK; Det norske Veritas; Statoil; Areva Wind

 

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Large scale measurements of wave loads and mapping of impact pressure distribution at the underside of parapets

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Supervisor:

Dr. Gerald Müller, Dr. Dimitris Stagonas

Test duration:

6 weeks

Funded by:

HYDRALAB IV - Transnational Access

Project partner:

University of Southampton Engineering and the Environment Highfield Southampton

 

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Experimental study on the performance of well-greade rubble material as scour protection - phase III

 

Supervisor:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Torsten Schlurmann

Researcher:

Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Schendel, Dr.-Ing. Nils Goseberg

Test duration:

5 weeks

Funded by:

Mibau Baustoffhandel GmbH

Project partner:

Franzius-Institut für Wasserbau, Ästuar- und Küsteningenieurwesen, Forschungszentrum Küste

 

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Impact loads on vertical storm walls by overtopping waves

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Supervisor:

Prof. Dr. Ir. Julien de Rouck

Test duration:

2 weeks

Funded by:

Ghent University

Project partner:

Coastal Engineering Laboratory, Ghent University (Belgium); Forschungszentrum Küste (FZK)

 

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