School of Civil Engineering

Experimental Development and Numerical Modelling Research of a Buoyant Parabolic Beach as an Efficient Floating Breakwater

Offshore aquaculture systems require protection from extreme seas and swell waves. However, floating wave breakwaters are known to be ineffective in long waves unless their size is comparable to the wavelength, which is impractical and not cost-effective. This study further develops the knowledge acquired during the preliminary stages on the subject of a floating breakwater constructed using HDPE pipes which automatically adapts the shape of a parabolic beach. Further experimental research followed those earlier stages during the last six months to improve the knowledge acquired at that point on this particular floating breakwater. During this period the notion of a numerical fluid dynamic analysis was included in the operational plan and the selection of the adequate computational fluid dynamics software which will effectively help in the simulation of what is happening and to predict what may happen in future experimentation.


Thursday, 10 December 2020