Wave run-up on the Zeebrugge rubble mound breakwater: Full-scale measurement results

Julien De Rouck, Björn Van De Walle, Peter Troch, Jentsje Van Der Meer, Luc Van Damme, Josep R. Medina, Marc Willems, Peter Frigaard

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Full-scale wave run-up measurements have been carried out on the Zeebrugge rubble mound breakwater in the frame of the EU-funded OPTICREST project. Wave run-up has been measured by a run-up gauge and by a so-called spiderweb system. The dimensionless wave run-up value Ru2%/Hm0 measured in Zeebrugge equals 1.77 for Iribarren number ξom = 3.63. An (apparent) influence of the water level on wave run-up has been observed. The porosity of the armor layer has a significant influence on wave run-up and may explain the dependency of wave run-up on the water level observed in Zeebrugge. Full-scale measurement results have been compared to literature data. The full-scale wave run-up data are in good agreement with the existing results of wave run-up tests with rip-rap slopes but are clearly higher than other wave run-up data resulting from tests with rubble mound breakwaters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-583
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Coastal Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Gauge
  • Grooved cubes
  • Prototype

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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