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Title: Floating breakwater wave-attenuation tests for East Bay Marina, Olympia Harbor, Washington : hydraulic model investigation
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Seattle District
Carver, Robert D.
Keywords: Breakwaters
East Bay, Washington
Olympia Harbor, Washington
Floating breakwaters
Water wave attenuation
Hydraulic models
Water waves
Mobile breakwaters
Floating breakwaters
Publisher: Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; HL-79-13.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: An undistorted-scale hydraulic model study was conducted. Initially, two-dimensional (2-D) flume tests were employed to determine the wave-attenuating properties of four floating breakwater cross sections. Based on results of the 2-D tests and relative costs of the structures, the best plan was selected for three-dimensional (3-D) testing. The 3-D tests investigated the combined effects of angular wave attack, structure alignment, wave transmission, and wave diffraction around the exposed end of the breakwater system. The 2-D tests showed the transmission coefficient (Ct) to be strongly dependent on relative structure width (W/L) and weakly dependent on wave steepness (H/L) . Results of the 3-D tests showed that maximum wave-height attenuation was achieved when incident wave crests were at a 15-degree angle relative to the center line of the breakwater. Also, 3-D test data showed that a large decrease in the water depth (from 25 ft to 10 ft) only produced a slight decrease in transmitted wave heights.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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