Flexible Membrane Wave Barrier

by Gary O. Thompson, Oregon Dep of Transportation, Salem, United States,
Charles K. Sollitt, Oregon Dep of Transportation, Salem, United States,
William G. McDougal, Oregon Dep of Transportation, Salem, United States,
William R. Bender, Jr., Oregon Dep of Transportation, Salem, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Oceans V

Abstract: A linear analytical model is developed for the dynamic response of a flexible membrane wave barrier. The wave barrier consists of a thin flexible membrane suspended in the water column by a moored cylindrical buoy on the free surface and fixed to a hinge at the seafloor. The theoretical model is verified experimentally and comparisons are presented for the efficiency and overall responses of the system.

Subject Headings: Membranes | Water waves | Linear analysis | Dynamic models | Dynamic response | Mooring | Mathematical models | Dynamic analysis

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