The design of rubble-mound breakwaters is mainly based on
mathematical and physical modelling. Several severe breakwater failures have provided the evidence that present day knowledge on modelling is not yet sufficient to provide safe design
rules. Lack of full scale data concerning wave attack on
breakwaters has been recognized as the missing link to the
establishment of these design standards.
The main objectives of the project are to examine the
behaviour of two full scale rubble-mound breakwaters in real random wave conditions and to provide full scale data for the calibration of mathematical and physical models. The first
step consists of evaluating historical data on both
breakwaters (Zeebrugge in Belgium and Sines in Portugal)
obtained by former monitoring programmes. After establishing the monitoring system, on-site measurement sessions will be
held and followed by processing and analysis of the data.
Monitoring of the rubble-mound breakwaters will be supported by laboratory tests, permeability tests, etc.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts