Design of riprap slope protection against wind waves

This gives guidance on designing protection against waves using riprap slopes.

Designing protection against waves using riprap slopes.
Designing protection against waves using riprap slopes.

Who wrote this?

D. M. Thompson and R. M. Shuttler commissioned by CIRIA.

When?

It was first published in January 1976.

Why?

To help design better water erosion protection structures.

Who should read this?

Anyone who is involved in designing protection against waves and water erosion.

Content

This 66 page book is now out of print, but is available from CIRIA as a photocopy. It begins with a statement of the concepts and a review of design practice. Discussion on previous laboratory and field work relevant to the design practice is also included. This is followed by a brief description of the extensive laboratory studies undertaken for the project. The laboratory tests carried out in random waves give the volume of riprap eroded measured as a function of the number of incident waves of several significant heights and three mean wave periods for three sizes of riprap and four different slopes. 

A step-by-step best practice design procedure based on both existing design practice and experimental results obtained is given with design examples.

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