Physical Modelling and Design Optimizations for a New Container Terminal at the Port of Moin, Costa Rica

The role of physical modelling in advancing port design is demonstrated by means of a case study in which two large-scale 3D physical modelling studies were conducted to support the design of a new container terminal at the Port of Moin, Costa Rica. The first model focused on validating the stability of the new rubble-mound structures in extreme conditions. Several 2D and 3D models of portions of the north, east, and stub breakwaters were constructed at 1:43 scale. The study helped to develop and confirm the final design of the breakwaters, including their configuration and the sizing of armour units and armour stone. The second model was used to assess wave agitation and moored ship motions at the new container terminal. A 1:82 scale model of the existing port, the surrounding bathymetry, the proposed dredging, and the Phase 1 expansion was constructed, and then modified to simulate several alternative port layouts. The study also investigated the potential impacts on operations at the existing port due to the new terminal.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 560-569
  • Monograph Title: Ports 2016: Port Planning and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01605608
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479919
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2016 3:04PM