The Floating Breakwater is a floating wave attenuator that utilizes recycled materials and vegetation to create a sustainable green infrastructure product.
Layers of matrix sheets are adhered together using Coast Guard approved polyurethane marine foam. The foam also provides buoyancy, enabling the breakwater to float. A nylon mesh netting with rings woven in encapsulates the Floating Breakwater, creating six anchor points. The entire breakwater is ultraviolent (UV) protected and reinforced with spray polyurea. Vegetation is planted into pre-drilled holes where it grows hydroponically, creating a hybrid breakwater structure with durability and aesthetic wetland appeal.
Research conducted by the University of South Alabama suggested that the Floating Breakwater is most effective at attenuating short period waves, such as wind chop. Research also demonstrated that the ideal deployment depth is approximately 3.5 feet to 4.5 feet.
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