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 ultraviolet (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 AND FIELD TESTED
Research conducted by the University of South Alabama suggests 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.
ENGINEERED ANCHORING DESIGN
Anchoring is critical to keeping the Floating Breakwaters in place, especially in higher wave energy environments. It is recommended that Floating Breakwaters are anchored in place using 3 flight round rod helical anchors. These anchors have proven to hold Floating Breakwaters in place. Contact Us for anchoring design questions.
The engineered anchoring design of the Floating Breakwater utilizes equally distributed netting anchor points connected to helical anchors which are uniquely suited for the conditions of coastal marshes.
Native wetland vegetation is grown on the Floating Breakwater which mimics the surrounding marsh, creating habitat for fish, wildlife, water fowl.
The Water Institute of the Gulf Endorsement
In 2014, the Floating Breakwater received the endorsement of The Water Institute of the Gulf, as an innovative technology for Shoreline Protection and Bank Stabilization.
FLOATING TREATMENT WETLANDS ARE EFFECTIVE FOR:
• Shoreline Protection
• Marsh Creation
• Habitat Restoration
• Pipeline Canal Restoration
• Poor Soil Locations
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