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CENV6084 Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the range of skills needed in the determination of design requirements and conditions, planning, and the design of coastal structures. These skills comprise the determination of wave conditions, the determination and analysis of the effect of waves, tides and currents on coastal structures, the design of new coastal structures as well as the evaluation of existing structures and the analysis of marine renewable energy resource and exploitation options. The module introduces state-of-the-art concepts and techniques used in the evaluation of environmental loadings on coastal structures and their design as well as the assessment of marine renewable energy options examining the approaches used in the UK and elsewhere. The course will comprise a combination of lectures and a design study. Students should be aware that this module requires knowledge of mathematics extending to integration, differentiation and first and second order differential equations.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Wave generation, wave and tidal theory
  • Wave effects on coastal structures (loadings, overtopping, scouring)
  • Function and design of coastal structures
  • Maritime renewable energy resource evaluation and conversion technologies
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Assemble knowledge on wave conditions and wave effects on coastal structures
  • Select suitable coastal defence structures
  • Perform economic and hydraulic calculations
  • Demonstrate through a design exercise a coherent understanding of techniques
  • Evaluate the marine energy resource and conversion potential for given
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Problem analysis and problem solving
  • Numeracy and modelling
  • Effective communication
  • Accuracy of problem analysis and problem solving
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Carry out wave and tide prediction calculations
  • Perform simple hydraulic modelling of waves
  • Specify design requirements for coastal structures
  • Analyse existing data and apply in a design exercise


INTRODUCTION TO COASTAL ENGINEERING Overview over coastal engineering, coastal structures, waves and tides, wave effects, current ‘stateof- the-art’, WAVES AND TIDES Wave generation, tides, linear wave theory, introduction to advanced theories, wave refraction and diffraction, wave breaking, breaker types. COASTAL STRUCTURES Types of coastal structures, areas of application, comparative analysis of structures, protection elements, rubble mound structures, earth structures. WAVE LOADINGS AND WAVE EFFECTS ON COASTAL STRUCTURES Reflected wave loads on vertical walls, breaking wave loads, wave impact pressure propagation into structures, broken wave loadings, downfall pressures, armour stability, overtopping (pulsating and impulsive using the Eurotop manual), scouring, sediment transport. MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY Marine energy resource (tides and waves), tidal currents and tidal barriers, current developments, wave energy, historic review, wave energy conversion principles, current developments, assessment. DESIGN EXERCISE The existing Victorian breakwater on the Island of Alderney (Channel islands) is a blockwork structure which suffers recurrent damages. It will need to be replaced in the near future. In this design exercise, the outline design for a replacement will be developed based on an assessment of wave conditions, design requirements (harbour area and harbour wave conditions) and a diffraction analysis of the harbour basin. FIELD VISITS and GUEST LECTURES Engineers, planners and managers may give occasional guest lectures explaining current thinking and methodology in Coastal Engineering

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module consists of a series of lectures, a Design Exercise and lectures from visiting professionals. Additional contact hours are offered to discuss the design exercise as well as contact hours to discuss details of the lecture material and exercise examples. Visiting Lectures - Details to be confirmed.

Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Project supervision2
Completion of assessment task4
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

US Army Corps of Engineers (1984). Shore Protection Manual. 

Muir Wood A.M. and Fleming C.A. (1981). Coastal Hydraulics. 

Kamphuis J.W., (2002). Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Management. 

Open University (2002). Waves, Tides and shallow-water processes. 


Assessment Strategy

Repeat year method - External repeat as per referral method.


MethodPercentage contribution
Design 10%
Examination  (2 hours) 80%
Quiz 2.5%
Quiz 2.5%
Quiz 2.5%
Quiz 2.5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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