2019-2020 / GCIV2040-2

Swell and actions on marine structures


15h Th, 5h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Sébastien Erpicum

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims at giving to the students the theoretical and practical notions necessary to understand the characteristics of swell and the actions it induces on structures.

  • Fluid mechanics reminders
  • Swell theories
  • Breaking
  • Reflexion, refraction, diffraction
  • Real swell
  • Induced actions

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to understand the main theories and mains behaviours of swell as well as to compute the actions it induces on structures.

Through the group project and the writing of a report, the students will develop their abilities of self-learning and application of the notions teached during the lectures, their ability to work in group as well as their capacity to structure and expose in writing their reasoning.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course uses basic notions of mathematics and fluid mechanics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is based on lectures, a project in group and exercises.
These activities are complementary and form a coherent whole enabling to tackle the course content from a theoretical (lectures) or practical (project) point of view.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Face to face course

Recommended or required readings

The slides of the course and videos are available on e-campus.

Assessment methods and criteria

The analysis of the written report of the project provides a note for the whole of the students constituting a group. This note is a 25% part of the final evaluation.
The report of the exercises provides an individual note which is a 15% part of the final evaluation.
A written exam on theoretical (closed books) and practical (open books) subjects provides an individual note which is a 60% part of the final evaluation.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Course given during the 1st quadrimestre, on Tuesday from 10 to 12.30 AM


Dr S. Erpicum
Hydraulics in Environmental and Civil Engineering (HECE) Quartier Polytech 1 - Institut de Mécanique et Génie Civil - Bât. B52/3 Allée de la Découverte, 9 B-4000 Liège Tél. : 04/366.95.96 S.Erpicum@uliege.be