- With the potential danger posed by freak waves, impact loads due to wave slamming on horizontal slabs has become crucial in the context of design of offshore platform decks. A laboratory model study has been carried out to investigate the slamming effect on horizontal slabs using regular waves at different frequencies with the measurement of vertical forces. A modified slamming coefficient independent of frequency has been suggested to be used conveniently for design purposes. A new technique for the generation of freak waves in the laboratory has been successfully achieved without close loop iterations. Finally the impact phenomenon due to freak waves on slabs has been discussed, which includes the study of both vertical and horizontal forces. 1995.