FLOATING BREAKWATER PERFORMANCE COMPARISON

Volker W. Harms

Abstract


Wave-transmission and mooring-force data of the Tethered-Float Breakwater and Pole-Tire Breakwater (PT-Breakwater) were compared, and the basic costs (without mooring system) of two equivalent breakwaters determined. It was found that, for short-fetch applications, the PT-Breakwater was an order of magnitude less costly than the Tethered-Float Breakwater. The PT-Breakwater is a more effective wave-energy filter than a Tethered-Float Breakwater of equal size. For open ocean conditions neither of these breakwaters has so far been proven to be economically feasible.

Keywords


breakwater design; floating breakwater; performance comparison

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9753/icce.v17.%25p