Curriculum Structure


CV4116 Coastal Engineering

[Lecture: 26 hrs ; Tutorial: 13 hrs; Lab: 0 hr; Pre-requisite: CV2015; Academic Unit: 3]

​Learning Objective :

To equip students with fundamentals in coastal engineering and its applications.

Course Content :

Wind-generated waves: wind wave generation, statistics and forecasting. Mechanics of wave motion: linear wave theory, wave kinematics, pressure, energy and power, wave group celerity, shoaling, refraction, diffraction and reflection of waves, wave breaking and runups. Coastal wave level fluctuations: tides, seiches, surges, wind setup and basin oscillations. Coastal zone processes: beach profiles, longshore transport and sediment budget. Coastal structures: fluid loading, breakwater design.

Course Outline :




Coastal water level fluctuations: tides, seiches, storm surge, wind setup, basin oscillations.


Mechanics of wave motion: linear wave theory, wave kinematics, wind wave generation, wave refraction, diffraction and reflection.


Coastal processes: beach sediment properties and analysis. Beach profiles. Surf dynamics and sediment transport. Beach stability. Wave runup.


Design wave characteristics: breaking and non-breaking waves, extreme waves.


Wave forces on cylinders. Morison equation.


Wave forces on vertical walls. Effects of approach angle and non-verticality.


Breakwater design: breakwater types, toe protection.

Learning Outcome :

At the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of coastal processes, coastal structures and related coastal engineering practices.

Textbooks :

  1. Basic coastal engineering / Robert M Sorensen. Springer Science+Business Media 2006, 3rd Edition.

References :

  1. United States Coastal Engineering Research Center., "Shore Protection Manual", Vol.1 and 2, Vicksburg, Mississippi, US Army Coastal Engineering Research Center, 1984.
  2. Coastal Engineering Manual. US Army Coastal Research Center, 2002.
  3. Coastal Engineering: Processes, Theory and Design Practice, by D. Reeve, A. Chadwick, and C. Fleming. Spon Press, 2004.