The objective of this study is to numerically investigate transmission coefficient of submerged trapezoidal breakwater of various configurations subjected to solitary waves. Boussinesq equations of Madsen and Sorensen are applied as governing equations for simulation purposes. Discretization of governing equations is accomplished using Galerkin finite element method and Adams-Bashforth-Moulton predictor-corrector method is considered for time integration. In order to obtain transmission coefficients, two gauges are considered before and after the submerged breakwater to record initial and transmitted wave heights, respectively. To examine the effect of configuration of breakwaters on their transmission coefficients, submergence ratio and crest width ratio are defined and analyzed. Different submergence ratios and various crest width ratios are considered. Computed results indicate how transmission coefficient decreases with the increase over different ranges of crest width ratio, for all values of submergence ratio. Furthermore, keeping crest width and submergence ratios constant, solitary waves with higher initial heights are simulated. Results of simulation indicate that transmission coefficient becomes higher for the same breakwater characteristics. Finally, a parametric study is conducted on the effect of side slopes of breakwaters. It is shown that side slopes have strong effect on wave transmission.

1. Introduction

Submerged breakwaters are the most widely used of numerous methods for protecting harbors and coastlines from destructive effects of waves and currents. Therefore, meticulous design is necessary to obtain the best performance and effectiveness according to waves and environmental characteristics of subjected area. To obtain the best design, having a good notion of the effect of different parameters of breakwaters on different waves is crucial. For examining the performance of breakwater, many aspects of these structures have to be considered such as geometry, permeability, and erosion, with geometry being the most important among them. Many scientific and engineering investigations have been conducted on these types of structures since their appearance.

Examination of behavior of different types of breakwaters to obtain reflection and transmission characteristics has been the subject of many studies. For example, Sabuncu and Goren [1] studied propagation of wave over sloping seabed and also over impermeable submerged breakwaters and examined its transmission and reflection characteristics. In another work, Stamos and Hajj [2], by studying the flexible and rigid breakwaters, obtained transmission and reflection characteristics for various wave steepness with different internal pressures. Also, they proposed optimal widths for breakwaters with different wave lengths. Lin and Liu [3] obtained an analytical solution for reflection of wave from a rectangular obstacle. Another important work in this regard is the investigation carried out by K. H. Chen and J. T. Chen [4] in which transmission and reflection coefficients were obtained by propagating oblique incident wave over a breakwater. Hsiao et al. [5] also mathematically investigated reflection characteristics of composite breakwaters in facing incident waves. Lee and Mizutani [6] experimentally studied front local scour of submerged impermeable breakwater and presented a new method of estimation for evaluating scour depth. Also, Dhinakaran et al. [7] studied effect of hydrodynamic characteristics such as transmission and reflection coefficients, dimensionless forces, and pressures on the semicircular caisson for different water depths. Same authors [8] later investigated hydrodynamic performance of semicircular breakwaters under submerged condition. They considered effectiveness of different parameters on semicircular breakwaters hydrodynamic performance such as vertical forces, horizontal forces, dimensionless pressures, and characteristics of transmission and reflection. Kriezi and Karambas [9] considered submerged rectangular breakwater and obtained reflection and transmission characteristics both numerically and experimentally. Jung et al. [10] investigated reflection of both regular and irregular waves for vertical and slit caissons with porous structures. Recently, Wen et al. [11] investigated affectivity and feasibility of Bragg type breakwaters on increasing wave energy, by using equation model of Hybrid Mild-Slope. On the other hand, Jabbari et al. [12] and Ghadimi et al. [13], by applying extended Boussinesq equations, studied transmission of periodic wave over submerged breakwaters and sloping and barred beaches.

In recent years, there have been many attempts to study and simulate solitary waves using different types of water equations [14, 15]. In 2012, Zhang et al. [16] studied propagation of solitary wave interacting with permeable submerged breakwater and assessed effectiveness of different parameters on solitary wave characteristics. Also, Jabbari and Ghadimi [17] numerically studied the interaction of solitary waves and submerged breakwaters with sharp vertical edges.

Up until now, there has been much attention given to computing transmission coefficient for various types of waves propagating over submerged breakwaters. However, there does not appear to be sufficient investigation about obtaining transmission coefficients in propagation of solitary waves over submerged trapezoidal breakwater using extended Boussinesq equations. For this reason, in the current study, transmission characteristics of trapezoidal breakwaters are investigated using Madsen and Sorensen extended Boussinesq equations. Also, parametric studies are conducted to examine the effect of different influential factors such as configuration and side slopes of symmetric and asymmetric breakwaters and initial wave height.

2. Problem Formulation

Simulation of wave interacting with submerged breakwater is accomplished by applying Madsen and Sorensen extended Boussinesq equations consisting of continuity and momentum as in where is still water depth, is gravity acceleration, and is defined as , wih being water surface level. Here, denotes depth-integrated velocity component and is dispersion coefficient. In this study, based on the work of Madsen and Sørensen [18], a value 1/15 is considered for . Also, subscript indicates partial differentiation in space.

3. Numerical Method

3.1. Finite Element Modeling of Galerkin

Discretization of governing equations is done using Galerkin finite element method. Computational domain is divided into small regions and solution is approximated over each subregion by a simple function. Approximation of dependent variables by finite element method is presented in where is the nodal value of dependent variables and is the standard basis function.

3.2. Solution Formulation

Final forms of governing equations for simulation purposes are presented in (3) through (5):

Numerical scheme, dealing with an auxiliary equation for modeling Madsen and Sorensen’s Boussinesq equations, has been outlined in an earlier work by the present authors [13].

3.3. Spatial Discretization

Using Galerkin finite element method, discretized form of continuity equation is as follows:

Matrix form continuity equation for each element is where

Discretized form of momentum and auxiliary equations are also given as where in which, represents boundary of the element with unit normal . Boundary integrals are eliminated for Dirichlet boundary conditions.

3.4. Time Discretization

For time integration purposes, Adams-Bashforth-Moulton predictor-corrector method is used. Global matrix resulting from discretization of continuity and momentum is written as

At the predictor step, the value of dependent variables can be obtained using

Later, a fourth-order Adams-Moulton scheme is used to compute final values of the variables at the corrector step, which is calculated from the predictor step. Consider

3.5. Wave Absorbing Boundary Conditions

Damping of the waves can be done through different numerical techniqes which permits waves to exit the computational domain without any reflection. To accomplish this task, sponge layer proposed by Larsen and Dancy [19] is applied in the current study. Accordingly, surface elevation and fluxes are divided by a coefficient after each time step. Therefore takes the form of where is the distance between boundary and sponge layer, is often equal to one or two wave lengths, is the size of the element, and is a specified constant. The prescribed value of in the present work is .

3.6. The Transmission Coefficient

Breakwaters are designed to protect harbors and coastal regions against waves by reducing wave energies. Efficiency of these structures can be measured by wave transmission coefficient which is defined as where is wave transmission coefficient, is initial wave height, and is height of transmitted wave over structure. In this work, in order to measure these wave heights, two gauges are considered in the computational domain. First gauge is located at 9.0 meter before the breakwater’s seaward slope and the second gauge is located at 6.0 meter after breakwater in its lee side.

4. Numerical Simulations

4.1. Configuration Effect of Submerged Breakwater on Transmission Coefficient

In this test case, the most important parameters in controlling the effectiveness of submerged breakwaters such as crest width ratio, submergence ratio, and initial wave height are considered. Here, submergence ratio is defined as and crest width ratio is defined as .

To achieve this goal, numerical domain is considered 40.0 m long and is discretized into 400 elements with a mesh size  m. Water depth () is 1.0 m. Time step is considered fixed and equal to 0.005 s. Slope of both sides of breakwater (with 0.8 m height) is 1 : 2. Also, sponge layer is considered at the right hand of computational domain. Five different values are considered for the crest width ratio including 0.0, 0.4, 0.8, 1.2, and 1.6. Also, eight different values are considered for submergence ratio including 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, and 0.85. Definition of the related parameters is illustrated in Figure 1.

Figure 2 shows the effect of both submergence ratio and crest width ratio on transmission coefficient. As seen in the figure, for higher values of submergence ratio, transmission coefficient decreases. Similar behavior can be detected for higher values of crest width ratio. In Figure 3, it is evident that, as crest width ratio increases from 0.0 to 0.8, transmission coefficient significantly decreases for all values of submergence ratio whereas, for higher values than 0.8, transmission coefficient slightly decreases.

4.2. Assessment of Effectiveness of Initial Wave Height on Transmission Coefficient

In this test case, previous domain is used again for simulation and effectiveness of initial solitary wave heights propagating over a submerged breakwater on transmission coefficient is investigated. Accordingly, four different waves with amplitudes 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, and 0.1 are propagated over a submerged breakwater with a crest width ratio of 1.2 m and submergence ratio of 0.3 to 0.85. Computed results are illustrated in Figures 4 and 5.

Computed results in Figures 4 and 5 indicate that by increasing the initial solitary wave height, transmission coefficient decreases. In other words, loss of energy in solitary waves with lower wave heights is more than that with higher wave heights.

4.3. Assessment of Symmetric Side Slopes on Transmission Coefficient

In order to assess effectiveness of symmetric side slopes on transmission coefficient, a solitary wave of initial wave height 0.06 is propagated over a submerged breakwater with height of 0.8 and crest width ratio of 1.2 and four different symmetric side slopes of 1 : 1, 1 : 2, 1 : 4, and 1 : 8. Related results are illustrated in Figure 6.

As illustrated in Figure 6, by increasing both side slopes of symmetric breakwater, transmission coefficient increases and for breakwater with both side slopes of 1 : 8, both initial and transmitted wave heights are almost equal.

4.4. Assessment of Asymmetric Side Slope on Transmission Coefficient

In this test, effect of asymmetric side slopes on tranmission coefficient is considered in two different modes. To achieve this goal at first mode, front side slope of breakwater is considered to be constant at 1 : 2 and four different side slopes of 1 : 1, 1 : 2, 1 : 4, and 1 : 8 for back side slope are selected. In second mode, this procedure is repeated with keeping back side slope constant and varying front side slopes. The measured transmission coefficients for both modes are plotted in Figures 7 and 8.

As evident in Figure 7, transmitted coefficient increases for higher degree of back side slope of breakwater, but this process is slightly different for different front side slopes in Figure 8, where transmission coefficient decreases for front side slope of 1 : 1 to 1 : 2 and subsequently transmission coefficient increases by an increase in side slope.

5. Conclusions

In this study, investigation of transmission coefficients of propagating solitary waves over submerged breakwaters of various configurations has been accomplished. Galerkin finite element method is used for spatial discretization, while Adams-Bashforth-Moulton predictor-corrector method is considered for time integration. Effectiveness of breakwater is investigated by introducing two parameters: submergence ratio and crest width ratio. Eight different values of submergence ratio ranging from 0.3 to 0.85 and five different values of crest width ratio ranging from 0.0 to 1.6 are considered. It is established through a number of test cases that the lowest transmission coefficient relates to breakwater with submergence ratio of 0.85 and crest width ratio of 1.2. Subsequently, effectiveness of initial height of solitary wave is investigated. It is shown that a solitary wave with lower initial height has lower transmission coefficient compared to higher wave heights. Finally, effectiveness of side slopes is investigated for both symmetric and asymmetric breakwaters and among different values of side slopes considered, the lowest transmission coefficient is obtained for breakwater with slopes of 1 : 2 and 1 : 1 for both front and back side. This is indicative of the fact that side slopes have strong effect on wave transmission.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.