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Wave study of the harbour area of Mola di Bari, Italy – 3D physical model


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.

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