The Effect of Buffers on the Resulting Acceleration of Waves

The purpose of our experiment was to find the configuration of wave "buffers" that would best dissipate incoming waves, through measuring resultant acceleration and amplitude of the waves. This simulates man-made obstacles in harbors that may prevent erosion or destruction through wave impacts. We had five dissipating buffers - made of PVC - configured in five different formations. Our control was run without any dissipating buffers. The statistical analyses performed were an ANOVA using all six configurations (including control), an ANOVA excluding the control, and two-sample t-tests for every possible pair of configurations. We found that the configurations compared with the control all yielded a significant difference, and amongst one another, mostly yielded significance. The ANOVA found that there was significance in all the data as a whole.

Research Done By:

Mary Li
Warren Mott High School

Nick Roosen
Sterling Heights High School