A description is given of the Tethered Float Breakwater (TFB). With the TFB, a portable wave attenuation system, the sea-state can be dampened by 40 to 50 percent (sea-state 4 reduced to 3). The TFB is comprised of a large number of low-density floats, each separately tethered to a subsurface ballast system. The floats, like inverted pendula, move in opposition to the wave field, and the drag produced removes energy from the sea and reduces wave height. The TFB has many military, industrial, and environmental applications.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedgins of Oceans (New York): Annual Combined Conference of IEEE Council on Oceanic Engineering and the Marine Technology Society, San Diego, 17-19 September 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    3 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5997
  • Authors:
    • Clinkenbeard, J D
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 450-453

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 79CH1478-7OEC Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM