Extreme wave run-up and pressure on a vertical seawall

Dezhi Ning, Rongquan Wang, L. F. Chen, Jinxuan Li, Jun Zang, Liang Cheng, Shuxue Liu

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The performance of coastal vertical seawalls in extreme weather events is studied numerically, aiming to provide guidance in designing and reassessing coastal structures with vertical wall. The extreme wave run-up and the pressure on the vertical seawall are investigated extensively. A time-domain higher-order boundary element method (HOBEM) is coupled with a mixed Eulerian-Lagrangian technique as a time marching technique. Focused wave groups are generated by a piston wave-maker in the numerical wave tank using a wave focusing technique for accurately reproducing extreme sea states. An acceleration-potential scheme is used to calculate the transient wave loads. Comparisons with experimental data show that the extended numerical model is able to accurately predict extreme wave run-ups and pressures on a vertical seawall. The effects of the wave spectrum bandwidth, the wall position and the wave nonlinearity on the wave run-up and the maximum wave load on the vertical seawall are investigated by doing parametric studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-200
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Ocean Research
Early online date4 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


  • Coastal vertical seawall
  • Extreme sea states
  • Fully nonlinear potential flow theory
  • Wave pressure
  • Wave run-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering


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