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Modelling of the wave field around submerged breakwaters
A significant portion of today's population lives near the coast, so coastal zone management and coastal protection are of major concern to humankind. Submerged breakwaters are a type of structure in common use to protect coastal areas from erosion. They offer the advantage of lower costs while being effective in reducing the height of incident waves. A sound knowledge of the influence of submerged breakwaters on the near-shore wave field is necessary to calculate sediment transport and morphological evolution in the vicinity of such structures. This research is investigating the effects of submerged breakwaters on wave patterns for a wide range of structural and hydraulic parameters using 2D and 3D experimental and numerical modelling. The numerical models applied in this research are based on machine learning algorithms such as artificial neural network models; these give a more accurate prediction of wave reflection and transmission coefficients and can include three dimensional effects.
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