Performance Analysis of Tethered Float Breakwater

by Richard J. Seymour, Staff Oceanographer; State of California, Dept. of Boating and Waterways and Research Assoc., Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, Nearshore Research Group, Univ. of California, San Diego, Calif.,
Daniel M. Hanes, Research Asst.; Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, Shore Processes Lab., Univ. of California, San Diego, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 3, Pg. 265-280

Document Type: Journal Paper


Describes laboratory experiments at one-half scale using simulated random seas and field tests at full scale of an installation of a dynamic floating breakwater system in a limited fetch situation. An analytical model is described which successfully predicted the performance of a tethered float breakwater configuration, given the incident wave spectrum. The methodology for selecting the arbitrary resistance coefficients in the predictive model is considered. Predicted and measured performance data for a total of 60 laboratory and field experiments are displayed, covering a very broad range of wave climates.

Subject Headings: Breakwaters | Wave climates | Seas and oceans | Full-scale tests | Wave spectrum | Arbitration | Load and resistance factor design | Quality control

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