Introduction to bed, bank and shore protection

Every book is unique. 'This one is because of a combination of two things: - the coverage of subjects from hydraulic, river and coastal engineering, normally treated in separate books - the link between theoretical fluid mechanics and practical hydraulic engineering.

On the one side, many fine textbooks on fluid motion, wave hydrodynamics etc. are available, while on the other side one can find lots of manuals on hydraulic engineering topics. The link between theory and practice is seldom covered, making the use of manuals without understanding the backgrounds a "dangerous thing". Using a cookbook without having learned to cook is no guarantee for a tasty meal and distilling whisky without a thorough training is plainly dangerous. Manuals are often based on experience, either in coastal or river engineering, or they are focussing on hydraulic structures, like weirs and sluices. In this way, the overlap and analogy between the various subjects is missed, which is a pity, especially in nonstandard cases where insight into the processes is a must.

This book tries to bridge the gap between theoretical hydrodynamics and designing protections. Imagination of what happens at an interface between soil and water is one of the keywords. However, this can only partly be derived from a textbook. Using one's eyes every time one is on a river bank, a bridge or a beach is also part of this process. In the same sense, a computer program never can replace experimental research completely and every student who wants to become a hydraulic engineer should spend some time doing experiments whenever there is a possibility. Anyway, the purpose of this book is to offer some know how, but even more important, some know why.

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