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Wave Mechanics and Wave Loads on Marine Structures by Paolo Boccotti

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Chapter 11

QD Theory

Mechanics of Reflected and Diffracted Wave Groups

Abstract

An exceptionally large wave at some distance off a long vertical breakwater, most probably, is due to the collision of two wave groups: one going back seawards after having been reflected and one approaching the breakwater. An exceptionally large wave at the lee side of a breakwater, most likely, is due to a wave group that strikes the tip of the breakwater, and is broken into two halves, one of which penetrates the sheltered area, by diffraction. These are two of the predictions of the QD theory for what concerns random waves interacting with vertical breakwaters. The chapter shows these predictions, as well as the results of a verification by means of a small-scale ...

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