Floating Support Structure.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to a floating support structure which includes a deck having a plurality of columns rigidly affixed thereto. Each column is composed of a fabric covered by a flexible sealant material. Each column has an upper, central, and lower portion. The upper and lower portions are hollow. The upper portion is inflated with air, and the lower portion is filled with a material equivalent to or greater than the weight of the surrounding water. The central portion has a reduced cross-section and connects the upper and lower portion of the column in a manner that allows a degree of universal relative motion between the upper and lower portion of the column. A single column of the type described could be used to attenuate the motion of a spar buoy.
- Marine Engineering