This study treats the subject of local scour around different kinds of marine structures exposed to waves and/or currents. The first, major part of the work is devoted to marine pipelines, describing in detail all kinds of scour scenarios, and also making recommendations for scour protection. Other kinds of structures considered are single piles (slender or large), groups of piles, complex sub-sea structures, breakwaters, and seawalls. The scour due to ship propellers is also described. The text deals mainly with the scour in non-cohesive sediment but, whenever possible, available literature on the scour in finer sediment has been incorporated. In addition, a chapter on the impact of wave-induced liquefaction is included. The authors' aim is to describe in detail the hydrodynamic processes causing the erosion. With a hydrodynamic understanding, it is easier for the consulting engineer to predict scour in those many cases where physical model tests are not available.
All in all, this book will be valuable to both the practitioner looking for an urgent solution to a site-specific problem and the academic researcher embarking on scour-related research. The authors provide step-by-step guidance with simple formulae and worked examples, as well as in-depth discussions and derivations. The writing style and organisation of the material is easy to follow, the figures are very clear, and the price is inexpensive making it well worth adding to the bookshelf. The serious researcher or practitioner will find it useful to have the earlier books on marine scour as well, since all three have their own strengths. This book leaves no stone unturned--indeed, reading it one wonders what unanswered questions in scour are left for tomorrow's researchers to study."
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