Numerical modeling of wave penetration in Ostend harbour

Vasiliki Stratigaki, Dieter Vanneste, Peter Troch, Stefaan Gysens, Marc Willems

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The initial Ostend harbour entrance at the North Sea coast of Belgium is being modified and extended with two new rubble-mound breakwaters. Through an integrated study of the wave penetration in Ostend harbour, the waves are being acquired by prototype measurements and physical and numerical modelling is carried out. Two numerical models are used. SimWave is a numerical model based on Nwogu's extended Boussinesq equations. The second numerical model is MILDwave, a mild-slope wave propagation model based on the equations of Radder and Dingemans. The present study concentrates on applications of the numerical models, throughout the different design stages and construction phases of the new breakwaters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2010 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Jun 30 2010Jul 5 2010


  • Boussinesq model
  • MILDwave
  • Mild-slope model
  • Numerical modeling
  • Rubble-mound breakwater
  • Wave penetration in harbour
  • Wave propagation model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography

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