Conventional and non-conventional coastal structures

Conventional and non-conventional coastal structures

For over 30 years IH Cantabria has developed methodologies for the design and optimization of coastal and port structures. From stablility models for jetties to guidelines for calculating overtopping, IH Cantabria has developed many models, conceptual developments and design improvements throughout all five continents. Only by combining the conceptual and theoretical analysis, the most modern numerical simulation models and the best experimental and field data can we advance in the understanding of the dynamics that affect the functionality and stability of maritime structures. IH Cantabria has them all and the best proof is the amount and quality of the papers published within this field.

IH Cantabria has participated in the most relevant European Projects in the field of designing, monitoring and upgrading coastal structures, yielding user guidelines and state of the art tools commonly used in the characterization of coastal structures. IH Cantabria has collaborated in establishing new knowledge on the functionality and stability of conventional and non-conventional breakwaters focusing on overtopped breakwaters, wave induced forces in crown-walls and parapets or wave induced hydrodynamics on porous structures among others. IH Cantabria has also developed new methodologies for the design of structures based on Level II and III, according the Spanish Standards (ROM, Recomendacion de Obras Marítimas), in which both statistical and numerical methods are combined. IH Cantabria has demonstrated a high degree of innovation introducing very sophisticated methods in the design of coastal structures, such as composite modelling, in which numerical modelling, experimental analysis and prototype observation are consider in an integrated mythology to improve the final design and to reduce the degree of uncertainty associated to classical designs.

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