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Title: Field experiences with floating breakwaters in the eastern United States
Authors: Marine Resource Management Inc.
Baird, Andrew V.
Ross, Neil W.
Keywords: Boat Traffic Control
Coastal Structure
Fish Reef
Floating Breakwater
Floating Tire Breakwater
Log Boom
Scrap-Tire Breakwater
Shoreline Protection
Transmission Coefficient
Wave Suppression
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous report (Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)) ; no. 82-4.
Description: Miscellaneous Report
Abstract: In the past 10 years, the use of floating breakwaters as temporary coastal structures has become increasingly widespread in the United States as an inexpensive means for suppressing waves. However, as with any new technology, there have been many failures and a substantial number of imaginative, successful innovations. One of the chief problems contributing to the failure rate has been a lack of awareness by designers of reliable, up-to-date technical information. As part of a large research effort to remedy this problem, a survey was conducted on field experiences with floating breakwaters in the eastern United States. Results of the survey confirmed that state-of-the-art technical literature is not being properly disseminated. Structures built according to early design manuals were shown to have failed before the completion of their design life. Conversely, floating breakwaters built to the standards set by recent research have fared well and show promise of meeting their design goals. The weakest area of the present technology are floatation and anchoring systems. It is recommended that a concentrated research effort be directed toward these problem areas; it is also recommended that the monitoring of state-of-the-art projects continue.
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