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Scaling wave impact pressures on vertical walls
Cuomo, G.; Allsop, W.; Takahashi, S. (2010). Scaling wave impact pressures on vertical walls. : 604-609

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    Physical models; Scale effect; Scaling laws; Marine
Author keywords
    Wave impacts; Golfklappen; Compression laws

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  • Cuomo, G.
  • Allsop, W.
  • Takahashi, S.

    It is widely recognized that the use of Froude similarity for scaling up wave impact pressures recorded during physical model tests may lead to over-estimation of impact maxima. Based on reviewing historical work dating back to the 30s and further developments in the 60s and 80s, a general method is presented that is suitable for scaling up impact pressures and rise times measured during small scale physical model tests. The method accounts for the effect of air leakage and is applicable to most wave impact loads. The model is applied to scale wave impact pressures on vertical walls and similar structures, and consistent correction factors for the Froude scaling law are derived.

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