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Floating breakwaters reduce wave forces

Date
Nov 10, 2020
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Within MARIN’s Blue Growth research program, MARIN presently explores the potential of dual-use floating breakwaters. The study’s objective is to design a floating structure that reduces the energy of incoming waves.
Typical applications include coastal regions, where floating breakwaters may help to reduce erosion, or offshore operations and harbours, where floating breakwaters could be used as a temporary or permanent solution to reduce wave forces on vessels. The developed breakwater enforces waves to break and, consequently, lose their energy. Dual use functions – for instance, designing the breakwater as an oyster reef or covering the structure with seagrass – are explored within the project in collaboration with partners from Deltares and Wageningen Marine Research. If you want to participate or for more information, feel free to get in touch.
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Floating breakwaters