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Field study of wave transmission through a rubble-mound breakwater

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Authors
Calhoun, Ronald Joel
Subjects
Partial standing wave
Wave transmission through breakwater
Breakwater design
Field study rubble-mount breakwater
Monterey Harbor
Advisors
Thornton, Edward B.
Date of Issue
1971-03
Date
March 1971
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Language
en_US
Abstract
Characteristics of sea and swell incident at a permeable rubble-mound breakwater located in Monterey Harbor, California, are resolved into reflected and transmitted components. The wave characteristics are studied by analyzing synchronized wave records of three underwater sensors judiciously placed, two to seaward and one to landward of the breakwater. Power spectra and cross spectra are calculated for various characteristic sea states selected from three months of observations. Amplitude and phase are determined for the spectral wave components comprising the partial standing wave phenomena. This study was unique in that it entails experiments conducted in the field on a prototype structure in the natural environment. Transmission has been studies heretofore exclusively with scale models. The coefficients of transmission are considerably less than predicted by a Corps of Engineers model study of the Monterey Breakwater. The differences are apparently related to more wave energy scattering and dissipation due to turbulence than predicted by the model.
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Oceanography
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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