This study investigated the behavior of a flexible, floating breakwater consisting of a moored, compliant, beam-like structure anchored to the seabed and possessing a small buoyancy chamber at the tip. The fluid domain is treated utilizing the boundary integral equation method, modifications have been made to the basic formulation to account for the zero thickness of the idealized structure. The dynamic behavior of the breakwater is described through an appropriate Green's function and the coupled fluid-structure system is then solved numerically. Example results have been presented which illlustrate the effects of the various waves and structural parameters on the efficiency of the breakwater as a barrier to wave action. It was found that for typical wave conditions relatively stiff structures are required in order to obtain high wave reflection coefficients.

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  • Accession Number: 00615221
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1991 12:00AM