DATA AND PROCEDURES FOR THE DESIGN OF FLOATING TIRE BREAKWATERS
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.
- Water Resources & Environmental Engineering Research Report.
State University of New York, BuffaloDepartment of Civil Engineering
Buffalo, NY USA 14260
Canada Centre for Inland WatersP.O. Box 5050
Barlington, ONo L7R 4A6, Canada
Washington, DC USA 20230
- Harms, V W
- Publication Date: 1979-1
- Pagination: 122 p.
- TRT Terms: Breakwaters; Cost control; Cost estimating; Damping (Physics); Design; Estimates; Floating breakwaters; Floating structures; Sedimentation; Shore protection; Structural design; Tires
- Uncontrolled Terms: Cost reduction; Floating bodies; Sediment transport
- Old TRIS Terms: Breakwater design
- Subject Areas: Bridges and other structures; Design; Marine Transportation; Terminals and Facilities; Vehicles and Equipment;
- 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