Mathematics Can Help Tame The Sea


    We've used some sophisticated modelling techniques to predict the behaviour of harbour waves.


    This work has enabled us to help coastal engineers design and repair sea walls and has been applied to a number of industrial projects.


    Our work with industrial partners has also enabled companies to improve their safety and risk estimates. A project with the consulting engineers Charles Scott and Partners, for example, led to an improved design of particular structures that needed to be able to withstand wave impacts.


    Our researchers were part of an EPSRC-funded project looking at particular problems in the design and building of sea walls and harbours. This has led to a productive partnership with the leading coastal engineering consultants, HR Wallingford Ltd, through which we have been able to ensure that other aspects of our work on wave impact have a route to commercial exploitation.


    Mark Cooker

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