Floating structures have been used as wave-attenuation devices for some time. The floating tire breakwater (FTB) is a recent innovation evolving out of increasing demand for low-cost wave protection structures. It is a flexible breakwater constructed almost entirely of scrap automobile tires, and is intended for short-fetch (say less than 15 km) or semi-protected locations. The use of scrap automobile tires as basic building components, and a modular design for ease of construction, makes it possible to keep the installed cost below $50 per linear foot. Some fundamental advantages of floating breakwaters include the following: they may be effectively employed in water prohibitively deep for conventional bottom-resting structures; they continue to be effective during large seasonal water level fluctuations in lakes and reservoirs; they generally do not interfere with natural water circulation patterns, sediment transport, life of benthic organisms and fish migrations to the extent that conventional bottom-resting structures do; and they may be towed to different locations as the need for wave protection changes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Water Resources & Environmental Engineering Research Report.
  • Corporate Authors:

    State University of New York, Buffalo

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14260

    Canada Centre for Inland Waters

    P.O. Box 5050
    Barlington, ONo L7R 4A6,   Canada 

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20230
  • Authors:
    • Harms, V W
  • Publication Date: 1979-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 122 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198700
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SUNY/BUFFALO-WREE-7901, NOAA-79051005
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM