NEWS FROM FACULTY OF MARINE AND COASTAL ENGINEERING
▪ Wave overtopping simulator tests in Vietnam
In Vietnam, the systems of sea dikes have been built up for a long history, manually and experimentally. In general, dike crests are insufficiently high to prevent wave overtopping during storm surges or even in high tide. Recorded dike failures were mostly initiated by inner slope erosion due to wave overtopping. In order to to determine the strength and stability of the inner slope covered with grass and to investigate the erosion process during wave overtopping, destructive tests have been performed on real sea dikes with the Wave Overtopping Simulator.
The project is a co-operation with Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands ... (Details)
▪ Test of online tidal prediction system
For academic purposes, the OCE Faculty is developing and testing a web-based tidal prediction program for East Sea. The tidal prediction for harbours and locations along the coastline of Vietnam and in the East Sea is based on harmonic constants obtained from measured data at stations and Topex/Poisedon satellite by the National Centre for Hydro-meteorology. The prediction period is 15 days with 7 days in advance. The calculated water level is relative to MSL at site. This MSL is available for several stations. The results of tidal prediction with data from Topex/Poisedon satellite are good for offshore locations. For nearshore zones, it is recommended to use prediction result for the nearest harbour (among a list of over 60 haroburs). Link to the web-page for tidal prediction is http://coastal.wru.edu.vn/index.asp?lang=en&page=tides. The latest version allows users to save their location of prediction similarly to the Favorites function in Internet Explorer.
The program is also capable of finding locations by name (name of harbours, river mouths, headlands, islands, and coastal communes) http://coastal.wru.edu.vn/tides/location.asp.
▪ Prof. Jurjen Battjes visit to WRU
From 2-Jan to 11-Jan-2008, Prof. Jurjen Battjes from TU Delft, Netherlands have visited WRU in the framework of "Capacity building for training of Coastal Engineering" project, with the purpose to support WRU with improving quality of training and learning within credit system.
(Source: VMC, news.wru.edu.vn)
Prof. Battjes has worked with manageral board of the university, listening to the development strategy of Vietnam, and of WRU in particular. He also had discussion with fundamental departments: maths, physics, chemistry, IT, etc.
During the visit at WRU, Prof. Battjes had several lectures on water wave mechanics and the Katrina hurricane in US, 2005. Attendants included staffs of WRU and several agencies e.g. Inst. Water Science, Inst. of Hydro-meteorology and Environment, Inst. of Mechanics.
European Committee (EC) has just approved the Erasmus Mundus Master of Science
training program (CoMEM - Coastal and Marine Engineering & Management).
The Erasmus Mundus Master in Coastal and Marine Engineering and
Management (CoMEM) is a two-year, English taught international Master's
programme, in which five high-rated European universities participate. As a
student, you will familiarise yourself with the key issues involved in providing
sustainable, environmentally friendly, legally and economically acceptable
solutions to various problems in the CoMEM field. By doing so, you will get to
know the geographical diversity of north to south coastal and marine systems and
gain knowledge on the most advanced tools and techniques on offer. You will also
further develop your research skills. EU scholarships for selected
"third-country" graduate students will be available. Third country graduate
students have nationalities other than those from EU Member
States, EEA-EFTA States and candidate countries for accession to the European
During the programme, you get to visit universities in three
different countries. All participating students spend the first semester in
Trondheim, Norway and the second semester in Delft, the Netherlands. In the
second year, you can either go to Barcelona (Spain), London (UK) or Southampton
(UK) for the third semester. After that you will be doing your thesis work at
one of the three universities you visited.
All participating universities have long-standing relations with private firms, public administrations and
other research and education institutes, which as a student you will benefit
from. Not only does studying in different European countries mean you will meet
and work with professionals from various backgrounds and gather knowledge on a
wide range of issues involved, you will also get a comprehensive EU perspective
on CoMEM related issues. This will help you develop a coherent and integrated
approach that is applicable to a more global perspective as well....