Field Campaign on Pressure on the Crown Wall at the Outer Port of Punta Langosteira Breakwater

José Sande, Maria Graça Neves, José Santos López-Gutiérrez, M. Dolores Esteban, Andrés Figuero, Vicente Negro

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Punta Langosteira port, located in A Coruña (Spain), was monitored during the winters of 2017 and 2018, measuring wave pressure in the crown wall structure. Furthermore, the metocean variables were measured on a buoy located very close to the breakwater. This paper presents the real pressures measured at the crown wall of the breakwater during different storm events. These values are compared with the results of the application of state-of-the-art equations for the calculation of pressures on crown walls. The results obtained show the behaviour of the pressures with a crown wall fully protected by the armour, as is the case of Langosteira breakwater. Finally, several conclusions are made on the methodology for measuring the pressures using physical models and the relevance of the armour roughness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1377
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • crown wall
  • field campaign
  • pressure
  • rubble mound breakwater


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