3D experimental study on a cylindrical floating breakwater system

Chun-Yan Ji, Yu-Chan Guo, Jie Cui, Zhi-Ming Yuan, Xiao-Jian Ma

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The objective of the present study is to investigate the performance of a cylindrical floating breakwater system based on 3D experimental tests. The experiments were carried out in the wave basin (36 m*60 m*1.5 m)of the Ocean University of China. The cylindrical floating breakwater system consists of 10cylindrical floating breakwater units and 10mesh cages with balls in them, connected by 18 connectors and moored by a taut mooring system. The wave transmission coefficients, reflection coefficients, dissipation coefficients and motion responses of the floating breakwater are measured in both oblique and beam sea conditions. It is found that with the increase of the wavelength, both of the wave transmission coefficients and motion response amplitude of the FB system suffers an increase before it reaches its peak value, followed by a decrease trend. It can be concluded from the experiments that the proposed FB system has a satisfactory performance and it can be used to a wide range of sea conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-50
Number of pages13
JournalOcean Engineering
Early online date10 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • floating breakwater system
  • 3D experimental study
  • wave transmission coefficient
  • wave reflection coefficient
  • wave dissipation coefficient
  • motion responses


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