Wave Loadings Acting on an Innovative Breakwater for Energy Production

Diego Vicinanza, F. Ciardulli, M. Buccino, M. Calabrese, Jens Peter Kofoed

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The paper reports on 2D small scale experiments conducted to investigate wave loadings acting on a pilot project of device for the conversion of wave energy into electricity. The conversion concept is based on the overtopping principle and the structure is worldwide known with the acronym SSG. The hydraulic model tests have been carried out at the LInC laboratory of the University of Naples Federico II using random waves. Results indicate wave overtopping is able to cause a sudden inversion of vertical force under wave crest, so that it is alternatively upward and downward directed over a short time interval. It is also shown that two calculation methods widely employed in the Japanese design practice of vertical face breakwaters, namely Goda (1975) and Hiroi (1919), could be used to achieve safe estimates of the hydrodynamic loadings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Coastal Research
Issue numberSI64
Pages (from-to)608-612
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventThe International Coastal Symposium - Szczecin, Poland
Duration: 9 May 201114 May 2011
Conference number: 11


ConferenceThe International Coastal Symposium


  • Seawave Slot-Cone Generator (SSG)
  • Wave Energy
  • Wave Forces
  • Wave Pressures


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