Analysis of blockwork coastal structures

Marth, R., Muller, G.U., Klavzar, A., Wolters, G., Alsop, W. and Bruce, T. (2005) Analysis of blockwork coastal structures. In, McKee Smith, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 29th International Conference Coastal Engineering 2004. 29th International Conference Coastal Engineering 2004 , World Scientific, 3878-3890. (doi:10.1142/9789812701916_0313).


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Blockwork coastal structures often suffer damages from breaking wave action. The type of damage observed suggests that wave impact induced pressure propagation into water filled cracks and the subsequent build-up of internal bursting pressures is the probable cause. A series of model tests was conducted to investigate structural aspects of this problem. The mechanism of seaward block removal was demonstrated for the first time, the internal stress distribution inside of blockwork structures was analysed and the effect of wall inclination on internal pressures investigated. It was found that the structural characteristics and the geometry of blockwork walls affect their load resistance significantly.

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1142/9789812701916_0313
ISBNs: 9812562982 (paperback)
9789812562982 (hardback)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
T Technology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53403
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
8 April 2005Published
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32

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