The wave study of the harbour area of Mola di Bari was carried out using a 3D physical model with a scale 1:50 in Froude similitude .
The model was realized in the basin for coastal dynamic of the Laboratorio di Ricerca e Sperimentazione per la Difesa delle Coste (LIC) of the Technical University of Bari, 90 m long, 50 m wide and 1.20 m deep. The basin is characterized by the presence of a wave maker which enable us to generate waves with different characteristics with a wave front of 28.80 m.
The model, constructed with a non-erodible bottom, reproduce an area 1,750 m wide and 700 m long, until the isobath -40 m.
In the tests waves from directions N20E and N350E, more dangerous directions for the study of the waves in the harbour basin.
Wave with a return interval of 1 year and 50 years were analyzed. All the generated waves had a spectrum of JONSWAP type.
For each configuration free surface elevations measurements were assessed in 37 points.