Wave Overtopping of Póvoa de Varzim Breakwater: Physical and Numerical Simulations

This paper compares the output from four methods used to predict the mean overtopping discharge at the root of the South Breakwater of Póvoa de Varzim Harbour (Portugal): two numerical models AMAZON, based on solving the nonlinear shallow-water equations, and COBRAS-UC, based on the Reynolds averaged Navier–Stokes equations, Pedersen's empirical formula, and the neural network tool NN_Overtopping. Output from the methods is considered alongside data from two-dimensional physical model tests. The results show that rather accurate predictions can be obtained with COBRAS-UC. Agreement between the data and the AMAZON output depends principally on the impact of porosity on overtopping: agreement is very good when the impact is limited (for high overtopping discharges) and it worsens as porosity plays a more important role (for small discharges). NN_Overtopping estimates the mean discharges with a degree of accuracy similar to AMAZON. Pedersen's results are those which deviate more from the data, substantially overpredicting the mean discharges for the conditions analyzed.


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  • Accession Number: 01104483
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2008 4:39PM