Breakwaters and closure dams by Kees d'Angremond, F. van Roode

By Kees d'Angremond, F. van Roode

Breakwaters and closure dams belong to the main marvelous hydraulic constructions. they're uncovered to the main serious loading through waves and currents, both in the course of their building, or in the course of their existence cycle.

Design and building of those buildings are so vitally interrelated right understanding requires an intensive wisdom of the theory and a formal figuring out of useful issues.

This e-book deals an essential, integrated combination of conception and perform to the graduate student. Beginning with a description of the practical specifications, it discusses the correct conception and indicates the applying of expertise and theoretical wisdom to the layout.

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In case probability of failure is mainly a financial problem, the optimum probability of failure can be computed; this will be explained later. g. a dike protecting an urbanised area or a natural reserve), an objective ©2004 Taylor & Francis optimisation is not possible, and usually a political choice is made regarding the allowable probability of failure. After the feasibility study and preliminary design, the details of the design have to be filled in. As discussed before, this will be done during the stage of the detailed design and sometimes already during the stage of the final design.

However, the strategic choices no longer refer to the questions of whether and where the structure should be built, but rather to how it should be built. 1 General In the design process both the functional as well as the structural design has to be looked to. This implies that one has to design a construction which fulfils the functional requirements, but also that the construction will not fail, collapse or be damaged seriously with a predefined probability. The objective of the design process is to find a concept that meets the requirement(s) and that can be realised, not only in terms of technical feasibility, but also in terms of cost - benefit ratio and social and legal acceptance.

It has to be a significant wave that does not occur too often. And related to the wave height there is also the wave period (which is usually also present in the more advanced design equations). It means that the definition of our “design wave” or “design storm” is a key problem in our design. The choice of the probability of the “design storm” is usually the most important parameter decision in the design process. In choosing this probability two cases have to be distinguished: 1. It is a pure economic problem.

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