An OCEANWHEEL Breakwater

by Mark E. Capron,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


The compression wall and tension spoke structural system (OCEANWHEEL) transfers lateral loads from sea surface to seafloor efficiently. It promises a wide variety of uses beyond the described breakwater. The design and construction of a sample structure is sketched in sufficient detail for economic comparisons with other systems. The sample combines tension piles and concrete fabric forms with OCEANWHEEL to make a breakwater in 15m (50 ft) water depth. The design wave height is 6m (20 ft).

Subject Headings: Seas and oceans | Breakwaters | Lateral loads | Ultimate strength | Concrete piles | Concrete structures | Structural concrete | Fabric structures

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