Floating breakwaters : predicting their performance

Morey, Bradley J. (Bradley Joseph) (1998) Floating breakwaters : predicting their performance. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Current environmental and financial restrictions on harbour developments dictate that alternatives to traditional fixed rubble mound and caisson breakwaters are required. The most common solution is the Floating Breakwater, a concept which utilizes reflection, dissipation, and/or transformation to reduce incident wave energy. The design and construction of these for exposed coastal regions present major engineering challenges. -- The primary objective of this thesis was to develop a comprehensive design rationale to enable the designer predict local wave climate (exceedance probabilities, design spectra), optimize a breakwater design (structural parameters, mooring systems) and estimate costs. To facilitate this a number of aspects were reviewed including methods utilized in predicting the wind-wave climate in fetch limited regions, design criteria for inner harbour wave climates, and performance prediction techniques. Based on this review the author developed a simplified deterministic approach to performance prediction based on dimensional and regression analysis of model test data. This information was combined into a computer simulation to predict the local wave climate, optimize the floating breakwater size, design the mooring system, and determine the cost effective solution.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5383
Item ID: 5383
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 68-69.
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: 1998
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Breakwaters, Mobile--Design

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