The paper discusses preliminary results of a CFD study on the structural response of a Sloping Top Breakwater subject to wave overtopping. The analysis showed that the transmitted wave field act to increase both the landward and the seaward forces and that the conventional design methods may be not adequate to guarantee an appropriate degree of safety to the structure. The study also confirmed the previous finding by Walkden et al. (2001), which noticed the existence of strong impulsive loadings on the inner face of the wall, due to violent overtopping events.
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