Maritime Hydraulics and Ports


At the end of this curricular unit the student will have acquired the knowledge, skills and competences that will allow him to:

- To understand general aspects of maritime traffic.

- To understand general aspects about the physical phenomena to be considered as the action on the design of maritime works (waves, currents, tides).

- To understand the phenomena of wave-structure interaction.

- To be able to identify the most important aspects that must be taken into account in the design of a maritime work and to evaluate the functional and structural characteristics of a breakwater.

- To be able to research scientific information, study autonomously and analyze, with critical spirit, information related to this course subject.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria da Graça Reis e Silva de Oliveira Neves


Weekly - 4

Total - 4

Teaching language



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. Course notes

• Coastal Engineering Manual (CEM):  US Army Corps of Engineers 2002 US Army Corps of Engineers

  • Part II, Chapters 1 and 5
  • Part VI, Chapter 5


• Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Management, J William Kamphuis, Advanced Series on Ocean Engineering: Volume 30, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 978-981-283-484-3

Teaching method

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Evaluation method

The evaluation will be carried out by "Distance evaluation", during the period of substitution of the face-to-face classes with distance learning methods, through the presentation (during the class) and discussion, of two works (with a weight of 50% each).

There will also be an appeal exam.

In carrying out any test, the Students must also take into account the paragraph 3 of article 10 of the Evaluation Rules of FCT NOVA: “When fraud or plagiarism is proven in any of the evaluation elements of a UC, students students directly involved are outright disapproved at UC, (…). ”

Subject matter

Introduction: Physical and economic importance of the sea, EEZ, continental shelf.

Ports and port infrastructures: traffic and cargo attractiveness; port terminals, loading and unloading requirements and operability.

Sea wave agitation and propagation: generation, description of wave agitation, wave theories, processes of wave transformation in shallow water (refraction, diffraction, reflection, wave breaking)

Maritime works: types of maritime structures, hydraulic and structural design of breakwaters, tools for design support


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