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Modelling and Simulation in Engineering
Volume 2010, Article ID 690786, 10 pages
Research Article

A Case Study of Nearshore Wave Transformation Processes along the Coast of Mexico near the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant Using a Fast Simulation Method

1División de Estudios de Posgrado, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Avenida Universidad 3000, 1er. Piso del Edificio “Bernardo Quintana Arrioja”, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Coyoacán, DF, Mexico
2Production of Deep Water Oil Fields, Mexican Petroleum Institute, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 152, P.O. Box 07730, Mexico City, Mexico

Received 22 September 2010; Accepted 24 December 2010

Academic Editor: Jing-song Hong

Copyright © 2010 Israel-Enrique Herrera-Díaz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A numerical model based on the mild-slope equation of water wave propagation over complicated bathymetry, taking into account the combined effects of refraction, diffraction, and reflection due to breakwater, is presented. The numerical method was developed using a split proposed version of the mild-slope equation and solved by an implicit method in a finite volume grid; this technique easily allows model the wave effects caused by the breakwater building in coastal waters, where industrial and other economic activities take place. Controlled case studies have been made and the results match very well with the reference solution. The capability and utility of the model for real coastal areas are illustrated by application to the breakwater of the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant (LVNPP).