Comparative Study of Breaking Wave Forces on a Quasi-Prototype Recurved Seawall

  • R. RavindarEmail author
  • V. SriramEmail author
  • Stefan Schimmels
  • Dimitris Stagonas
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 23)


The large-scale experiments were conducted on a quasi-prototype vertical seawall attached with recurve in a large wave flume (GWK) with the slope of 1:10 to the study the breaking wave impact on the structure. Recurves are either curved parapets or walls with entirely curved seaward faces that are effective in reducing wave overtopping without increasing the crest height of the structure. The nondimensionalized impact pressure is plotted along the depth and compared to three recurves and breaking cases. The impact pressure and horizontal impact force compared with traditional theoretical design methodologies like Goda, Minikin, and Blackmore & Hewson’s methods and the variations are reported. Pressure measurements obtained from tactile sensor/pressure pad are compared with a traditional pressure transducer.


Large scale Recurve Seawall Impact pressure Horizontal force Breaking wave 



This work was carried out under the funding of DST-SERB Project. The authors would like to thank Forschungszentrum Küste (FZK) members for their hospitality, technical, and scientific support. The first author would like to express his utmost gratitude to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for supporting him financially throughout his project work in Germany.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ocean EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Forschungszentrum Küste (FZK)KarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.University College LondonLondonUK

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