US Patent No. 9,115,476 & Patent Pending - US Published Application 2015/0361628
Wahoo Wave is an efficiently designed wave attenuator that provides excellent wave protection at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.
Wahoo Wave delivers optimal wave attenuation performance at a lower cost by incorporating heavily-tested, mass-produced components and utilizing the water itself to provide mass.
By using an engineered, double-walled corrugated pipe, Wahoo Wave provides both function (wave attenuation) and form (it serves as the dock’s structure). In most cases, the pipe also provides the buoyancy for the device. The result is a cost-efficient, highly-effective, dock attenuation innovation that is an unmatched value for wave attenuation.
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This patent-pending engineered wave attenuation innovation uses a corrugated pipe as a mechanism for wave attenuation. The assembly is kept afloat either by the pipe itself or by flotation billets placed inside the pipe, thereby eliminating the need for external devices to provide buoyancy.
Background of Wave Attenuators
Floating wave attenuators have been used for many years and come in various form from hollow concrete structures to floating docks, with a variety of items hung underneath—including old tires strung together! Wahoo Wave utilizes a plastic, engineered, double-walled, corrugated pipe to provide it’s performance characteristics, as well as mechanical structure, eliminating much of the cost of the system. In addition, the spaces between the walls can provide buoyancy which further reduces costs. After Wahoo Wave is assembled and floated to its location, it is anchored by traditional cable weights. To enhance the longevity of the system and reduce cable adjustments due to fluctuating water levels, Wahoo Wave incorporates Ocean Spring elastic mooring lines.These mooring lines have the most dynamic dampening properties of any elastic mooring line and are up to 20 times stronger than other market leaders.
Wahoo Wave is the ideal wave attenuator for sites needing sole-purpose wave attenuation. It provides excellent performance at 30-60% of the cost for traditional wave attenuation systems. When dual-purpose functionality is needed, such as the attenuator serving as a walking surface or docking facility, a dock can be designed atop the Wahoo Wave.
Wahoo Wavehas a mass similar to heavy-duty floating concrete wave attenuators and is anchored with Ocean Spring elastic mooring lines for maximum energy absorption.
Wahoo Wave provides a solid barrier, up to four feet in depth, which reflects wave energy.
The integrated ribs of the double-walled surface provide strength and rigidity to the assembly while also acting to create wave turbulence. This redirects energy and saps overall wave strength. The tubular shape of the attenuator also disrupts the natural flow of the wave.