Floating Tire Breakwater Design Comparison

by Craig T. Bishop, Coastal Engr.; Hydr. Div., National Water Research Inst., P.O. Box 5050, Burlington, Ontario, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 3, Pg. 421-426

Document Type: Journal Paper


The design curves from two independent studies of the wave transmission and mooring force characteristics of Goodyear-type floating tire breakwaters are compared. The CERC wave transmission results from prototype scale tests and the mooring force results of Harms from model scale tests are recommended for use in design. Both wave transmission and mooring forces are seen to depend primarily on the ratio of wavelength to breakwater beam, and less importantly on the relative draft and the wave steepness. Differences between the results of the two studies are attributed to scale effects and to different methods of data analysis.

Subject Headings: Power transmission | Mooring | Breakwaters | Comparative studies | Curvature | Scale models | Wavelength | Beams

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