Hydraulic Impact of Overtopping Waves on a Multifunctional Dike

Themes: Structural Engineering, Water & Maritime

Basic research

A TRL is a measure to indicate the matureness of a developing technology. When an innovative idea is discovered it is often not directly suitable for application. Usually such novel idea is subjected to further experimentation, testing and prototyping before it can be implemented. The image below shows how to read TRL’s to categorise the innovative ideas.

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Predicting the wave load on a wall on a dike crest along the shorelines of low-lying countries; Evaluating the safety status of a building on a dike.


Conduct physical model tests and develop empirical formula for design purpose. Meanwhile using test data to validate a numerical model.


The project is expected to finish at the end of 2015. Help other projects within the same program framework to do a feasibility study of design a multifunctional flood defence.

Prof. Wim Uijttewaal


Ir. Xuexue Chen