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 - 3

Total - 42

Teaching language






. 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

The course consists of a set of theoretical-practical classes, where students are expected to have contact with the basic principles of maritime hydraulics and ports, from aspects related to their management to aspects related with wave action, design, monitoring and maintenance of maritime works. Examples of calculation are presented for sea agitation, its propagation in shallow water and for the design of breakwaters, including its hydraulic and structural response. 

Evaluation method

The evaluation will be carried out 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