Modelling storm surge wave overtopping of seawalls with negative freeboard

David K. Jones*, Qingping Zou, Dominic E. Reeve

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A Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes based wave model (RANS) is used to simulate storm surge wave overtopping of embankments. The model uses a wave generating boundary condition that accepts a wave time history as an input and reproduces the time history in the model. This allows a direct wave by wave simulation of recorded data. To investigate the success of the model at reproducing the wave generation, transformation and overtopping processes the model is compared with experimental laboratory data. A wave-by-wave comparison is performed for overtopping parameters such as discharge, depth and velocity. Finally the overtopping discharge predicted by the model is compared against design formulae.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 32nd Conference on Coastal Engineering 2010
EditorsJane McKee Smith, Patrick Lynett
PublisherCoastal Engineering Research Council
ISBN (Electronic)9780989661102
ISBN (Print)9781629931210
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameCoastal Engineering Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2156-1028


  • Embankment
  • Overtopping
  • Storm surge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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