Coastal Hydrodynamics and Infrastructures

The study of the hydrodynamics of waves and how they interact with infrastructures on the coast is the main focus of the Hydrodynamics and Coastal Infrastructure Group.

With this in mind, the team of researchers in this group develops cutting-edge numerical tools and application methodologies that allow it to characterize the different wave transformation processes on different spatio-temporal scales. The ranges of the processes studied span from the smallest, on the order of seconds and centimetres, such as the turbulence generated when waves break or flow over structures, to larger scales involving long-period waves or the currents induced by waves when characterizing harbour agitation.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Hydrodynamics of coastal areas

Characterization of harbor agitation and resonance

Design of conventional and non-conventional structures

Development of systems for operating and managing infrastructures (Smart Harbour)

Design of natural structures for coastal defense

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

IHDATA

IHData is the collective name for a database developed by the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of the Universidad de Cantabria. IHData is capable of providing accurate wind/wave/sea level climatological statistics for any European country and wave climate for any region worldwide.
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SOFTWARE

IHBOUSS
MANOLO

EXPERIMENTAL FACILITIES

IHCantabria Headquarters

CCOB

SUPERCOMPUTING LABORATORIES

The supercomputing and information technology laboratory provides technology transfer solutions and environmental services based on scientific methodologies that help to bridge the gaps between scientific experts and end users (e.g. policy-makers, technical managers, general public).

R+D+i PROJECTS

EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROGRAMS

THESEUS

Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate.

Se@ports

Sustainable energy in ports.
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hydralab+

Representing climate change in physical experiments.
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NATIONAL RESEARCH PLANS

maruca

Climatic characterization of Spain’s marine physical environment to optimize port and maritime operations.
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Moviola

Numerical modeling of how wind affects the interaction between waves and structures.

Ecoproof

Integration of natural defenses to reduce the risk of coastal disasters and adapt to climate change.
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BRACC

Characterization of the reliability of seawalls due to the effects of climate change.
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Other RESEARCH Calls

SAFEPORT

Managing oceanic-meteorological risks in port environments.

SMP

Port Modeling System.
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smylab

Smart systems for hydraulics laboratories.
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Anster

Earthquake-proof nuclear storage.
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PUBLICATIONS

Losada,I.J., Lara, J.L., Guanche, R., Gonzalez-Ondina, J.M. (2008)
Numerical analysis of wave overtopping of rubble mound breakwaters.
Coastal Engineering (Vol. 55(1), pp. 47-62 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2007.06.003

Higuera, P., Lara, J.L. & Losada, I.J. (2014)
Three-Dimensional Interaction of Waves and Porous Coastal Structures using OpenFOAM®. Part I: Formulation and Validation.
Coastal Engineering (Vol. 83, pp. 243-258) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.08.010

Higuera, P., Lara, J.L. & Losada, I.J. (2014)
Three-Dimensional Interaction of Waves and Porous Coastal Structures using OpenFOAM®. Part II: Application.
Coastal Engineering (Vol. 83, pp. 259-270) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.09.002

Maza, M., Lara, J.L., Losada, I.J. (2016)
Solitary wave attenuation by vegetation patches
Advances in Water Resources (Vol. 98, pp 159-172). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.10.021

Diaz-Hernandez, G., Losada, I.J., Mendez, F.J (2017)
Improving construction management of port infrastructures using an advanced computer-based system .
Automation in Construction (Vol. 81, pp 122-133) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2017.06.020

TEAM

javier López

javier López

Head of Hydrodynamics and Coastal Infrastructures Group

Gabriel Barajas

Gabriel Barajas

Technologist

Gabriel Díaz

Gabriel Díaz

Researcher

María Fuentes

María Fuentes

Technologist

ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ

ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ

Project technician

Francisco Jaime

Francisco Jaime

Technologist

María E. Maza

María E. Maza

Researcher

Beatriz Rodríguez

Beatriz Rodríguez

Technologist

Antonio Tomás

Antonio Tomás

Technologist

PREDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Benedetto di Paolo

Benedetto di Paolo

Predoctoral Researcher

Julio García-Maribona

Julio García-Maribona

Predoctoral Researcher

David Lucio

David Lucio

Predoctoral Researcher

Luis fernando lopez

Luis fernando lopez

Predoctoral Researcher

Alberto Vicente Fernández

Alberto Vicente Fernández

Predoctoral researcher

Eva Romano

Eva Romano

Predoctoral Researcher

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