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Impacts of submerged breakwaters on nearshore sediment transport

Pan, Shunqi ORCID: and Fairbairn, George 2016. Impacts of submerged breakwaters on nearshore sediment transport. Journal of Coastal Research 75 (sp1) , pp. 1212-1216. 10.2112/SI75-243.1

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Submerged breakwaters have been increasingly popular as the coastal defence structures due to the advantages of the low construction costs and less visual intrusion. However, the impacts of the structures on nearshore sediment transport and beach morphology remain unclear. This paper presents the results of beach morphological changes affected by different submergence of a group of shore-parallel breakwaters under the combined wave and tide conditions from a depth-average process-based coastal morphological model - COAST2D. In this study, different breakwater crest levels are used in the model under both storm waves and tides based on the field measurements at the Elmer breakwater scheme site to investigate the impacts of the breakwater submergence on nearshore hydrodynamics and morphological changes. The results show that the fully submerged breakwaters produce more stable and balanced sediment loss/gain in the protected area, and yield more desirable formation of salients behind the breakwaters. The results also reveal the complex nearshore processes and morphological changes under the extreme waves for further study.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Submerged breakwaters, morphological change, sediment transport
Additional Information: Special Issue 75 - Proceedings of the 14th International Coastal Symposium, Sydney, 6-11 March 2016
Publisher: Coastal Education and Research Foundation
ISSN: 0749-0208
Date of Acceptance: 15 January 2016
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 10:20

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