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van Langeraad, Mark (author)
Building with Nature is a sustainable approach to design multifunctional flood defences (e.g., accommodating recreational services, nature development, etc.) that harness natural forces as much as possible. Building with Nature therefore extensively involves coastal dunes. These dynamic sandy barriers naturally grow because of aeolian processes....
master thesis 2024
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Lakerveld, Stijn (author)
Salt Marshes are a coastal ecosystem which have numerous benefits as coastal defense such as wave attenuation and can adapt to sea level rise. Wave flume tests, using a scale model of a cross-section of a salt marsh adjacent to a dike, were conducted in the Hydraulic Laboratory, to quantify the effectiveness of such a salt marsh system as flood...
master thesis 2024
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Geenen, Pieter (author)
Coastal structures such as breakwaters can mitigate the erosive effects of sea level rise by protecting shorelines from wave impact. The Reef Enhancing Breakwater (REB) is a modular, permeable structure designed to dissipate wave energy and boost marine biodiversity by providing suitable habitats. This research investigates...
master thesis 2024
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Grandiek, Teun (author)
This study focuses on the infragravity (IG) waves at 5 measurement sites (Brouwershavense Gat 2 (BG2), Oosterschelde 4 (OS4), Cadzand, Hansweert and Bath) in the Scheldt region, examining their characteristics in these waters as well as to what extent they can be modelled using SWAN (Simulating WAves Nearshore). To facilitate this, data...
master thesis 2024
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Weitzner, Eli (author)
This work seeks to expand on the research done previously by the WOODY group on the ability of vegetation as a form of wave damping. Specifically in this work, we are looking at pollard willow trees (Salix Alba) and the relationship between the motion of the object and the forces it can induce on the wave flow. This was done by testing a range...
master thesis 2023
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Meijer, Theo (author)
The dunes along the Dutch coast serve as a critical component of flood defense. Storms and a shortage of sediment supply offshore lead to dune and shoreline erosion, posing a hazard to flood safety. To combat coastal erosion, the Dutch government decided in 1990 to proactively nourish the coast. It is expected that as an indirect effect of the...
master thesis 2023
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Langeveld, Bram (author)
Groynes are hydraulic structures commonly applied in the Dutch rivers. Depending on the water depth, groynes can be emerged or submerged. When a groyne is emerged, it has two main functions: maintaining the water depth in the main channel and preventing the river from eroding its bank. When the discharge in the river increases, the groynes...
master thesis 2023
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van der Wart, Lieke (author)
In the near future, Rijkswaterstaat has the task to replace or renovate many ship locks. With the long-term project, MultiWaterWerk, Rijkswaterstaat aims to standardise components of these ship locks. This thesis contributes to the project by researching the potential benefits of standardisation of the bed protection design at waiting places at...
master thesis 2022
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van Nieuwenhuizen, Christian (author)
The added drag on a buoyant body traveling in a solid-body rotation flow has been rigorously studied over the last century with G.I. Taylor being the first one to describe it in 1922, a hundred years ago. A recent publication by Duinmeijer (2021) investigated the capacity of free-surface vortices to transport solids as a practical application to...
master thesis 2022
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van Achteren, Mike (author)
master thesis 2022
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Jonker, Ruben (author)
In this research OpenFOAM is used to model and determine the complex hydrodynamic behaviour of a Homogeneous low-crested structure (HLCS) consisting of cubipod artificial concrete elements. The validated model is used to gain insight in the design sensitivities of a two dimensional cross sectional layout to reduce sea wall overtopping. HLCS and...
master thesis 2020
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Cantoni, Irene (author)
During mooring operations, ships tend to make an extensive use of bowthruster in order to minimize the need for tug assistance. Jet caused by transverse thrusters directly impinges quay walls, and can cause scour on the bed, therefore threatening structural stability of quay walls. Presence of vertical quay walls induces reflection of...
master thesis 2020
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Sleeuwaegen, Shannon (author)
At this moment hydraulic structures are designed based on a simple method: the Dynamic Amplification Factor (DAF) method. This method does not consider the full dynamic interaction between the wave impacts, structure and water. The research project DynaHicS focusses on the dynamic behaviour of hydraulic structures, taking into account fluid...
master thesis 2020
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Broos, Jan-Willem (author)
XblocPlus is a new uniformly placed single layer armour unit, developed by Delta Marine Consultants (BAM Infraconsult). This report focuses on the stability of the first row of armour units, as this row is interlocked less than other rows. When the first row starts to slide, this is a big threat to the stability of the entire armour layer....
master thesis 2019
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Groen, Olivier (author)
A combination of the growth of the offshore wind energy sector and the decline in both species richness and species abundance in the North Sea has inspired the goal to use the scour protection in wind farms as a means to enhance marine life. Present research has focused on general changes which are to be applied to benefit marine life. However,...
master thesis 2019
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van den Berg, Mario (author)
Design criteria for the stability of rock filters on river beds (i.e. rock bed protection) are extensively researched and successfully applied in practice. The most common stability criteria are the Izbash and Shields criteria. These methods define a critical flow (Izbash) or parameter (Shields). Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) wants to explore a more...
master thesis 2019
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Zhang, Yuxi (author)
Churchill Barriers, a series of four causeways in Orkney Islands, Scotland were constructed during Second World War and now serve and a critical link for South Ronaldsay and Burray to the Orkney Mainland. Due to their location and design, causeways are exposed to storm waves generated in the North Sea. During coastal storms, some waves are able...
master thesis 2019
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Vieira Passos, Marlon (author)
Coastal structures with horizontal overhangs are built due to design constraints, but wave loadings substantially increase under these confined geometries. Vertical structure elements, such as steel gates, are vulnerable to damage caused by impulsive wave impacts, potentially exposing the coastal zone to flooding and erosion. Existing formulas...
master thesis 2019
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Grigoris, Xenofon (author)
The Xbloc<sup>Plus</sup> (referred to as Xbloc+) is a new, uniformly placed single layer armour unit, developed by Delta Marine Consultants (BAM Infraconsult). Although a breakwater armour layer with Xbloc<sup>Plus</sup> combines material saving and easy placement with increased stability, the transition between the armour layer and the crest is...
master thesis 2019
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Zaalberg, Piet (author)
OpenFOAM allowed the author to simulate a large number of scenarios in which the influences of cross-shore profile shape, cobble porosity, cobble diameter and layer thickness on wave overtopping were examined. Four validation runs and six simulations to map the sensitivity are compared with data from two physical experiments conducted in the...
master thesis 2019
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