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Title: Performance Optimization of a Floating Breakwater Model Using SPH Method, with a Practical Application
Authors: Rueda Durán, Alejandro
Director: Rodríguez Rodríguez, Germán 
Cabrera Crespo, Alejandro Jacobo
UNESCO Clasification: 251007 Oceanografía física
330511 Puertos
Keywords: Floating Breakwater
Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamic
Waves and Coastal Structures
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: The use of a floating breakwater, as an environmentally friend structure, is suggested as a coastal protection structure for the EGSAM pier in Santa Marta Bay, Caribbean Colombian coast. A large number of floating breakwater structures existing in the literature are examined and compared to define the structure to be used in the studied case. The selection of the more adequate structure is mainly based on two aspects, their dimensions and efficiency, in terms of the wave energy transmission. The efficiency assessment, as a function of the incident wave period and the distance between the floating breakwater and the pier, has been carried out by means of the smoothed particle hydrodynamic (SPH) method, a free-mesh numerical method. Results reveal that SPH method properly simulates the interaction between water waves and a coastal protection structures. Nevertheless, 3D numerical experiments require considerable computational cost, whereas the use of 2D experiments alleviates these drawbacks but include unrealistic effects, mainly due to the presence of closed, non dissipative, boundaries. The proposed structure for the EGSAM pier reveals considerable advantages in contrast with conventional coastal protection structures, which must be evaluated in a wave channel, as part of the design process.
Description: Máster en Oceanografía
Department: Física
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias del Mar
Rights: by-nc-nd
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