Title:
Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) which are constructed of permanent, heavily steel rebar reinforced concrete, with the seawall foundations driven down to ground rock refusal every 30 feet, or less or more, of seawall horizontal length
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) are constructed of permanent, heavily steel rebar reinforced concrete, with multiple seawall foundations driven down to ground rock refusal every 30 feet and are normally 140 feet high. These seawalls shall protect many areas that are subject to flooding and/or massive storm pulses such as hurricane Katrina. These seawalls shall protect areas at risk of tsunami waves. Tsunamis are caused by undersea earthquakes, undersea volcanoes, etc. that produce a huge destructive sea wave called a tsunami. These seawalls have the strength on top to allow construction of roads for vehicular traffic. These seawalls protect such locations as New Orleans, La. and adjacent Gulf Coast areas, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Texas Gulf Coast and others. These seawalls shall protect such places as Indonesia, and other places that are subject to a tsunami. These seawalls allow sandy or other beaches for humans and sea animals (such as sea turtles). These seawalls function off shore over water to protect small islands from a huge storm pulse or tsunami.



Inventors:
Harrison Jr., Wilbur Ernest (Melbourne, FL, US)
Application Number:
11/410869
Publication Date:
11/01/2007
Filing Date:
04/26/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E02D17/00
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Primary Examiner:
SINGH, SUNIL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Wilbur E. Harrison, Jr. (Melbourne, FL, US)
Claims:
1. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty seawalls (HHTPS) have their foundations driven down to ground rock refusal every 30 feet of seawall horizontal length. This is the first unique aspect of this invention. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) are permanent, heavily steel rebar reinforced concrete, very high, nominally 140 feet high or higher seawalls. Note: for areas where a tsunami is either not possible or not expected for 200 years or more, the height of the Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) may be reduced to 70 feet. However, there is absolutely no assurance whatsoever that the Gulf of Mexico shall never experience a tsunami. Many professionals in the field forecast that the Gulf of Mexico, and other areas, will see increased storm activity for the next several years, or longer, due to warmer sea currents due to unknown causes. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) are capable of protecting many areas that are subject to flooding and massive storm pulses such as hurricane Katrina level storm surges, and flooding. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty seawalls (HHTPS) also are capable of protecting areas at risk of a tsunami. A tsunami is caused by undersea earthquakes, undersea volcanic eruptions, etc. that produce a huge sea wave called a tsunami.

2. The second unique aspect of Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) is that these seawalls have the strength and the capability, on top of the structures, to allow the construction of roads for vehicular traffic, together with access roads and exit roads with scenic overlooks for vehicular traffic, with steps or other access to the beach areas below the roads from the scenic overlooks or elsewhere.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

Most engineers have realized for many decades that the city of New Orleans, La., which has evolved into areas that are actually located below sea level, and “protected” by earthen levees, was simply a massive disaster by design. The question was not WOULD the disaster actually happen, but WHEN would it happen. As this is written, repairs to the earthen levees of New Orleans are being made that constitute the “band aid” approach that has been repeatedly proven to be inadequate. The Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) are permanent, heavily steel rebar reinforced concrete seawalls that have their foundations driven down to ground rock every 30 feet or less or more of horizontal length. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) are a product intended to protect many areas, such as New Orleans, La. that are subject to flooding and massive storm pulses such as hurricane Katrina level storm surges, and flooding. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) also protect areas at risk of a tsunami such as Indonesia experienced. A tsunami is caused by undersea earthquakes, undersea volcanic eruptions, etc. that produce huge disruptive sea waves called tsunamis. Note: for areas where a tsunami is either not possible or not expected, the height of the Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawall (HHTPS) may be reduced to 70 feet. However, there is no assurance whatsoever that the Gulf of Mexico shall not experience a tsunami. Many professionals in the field forecast that the Gulf of Mexico, and other areas, will see increased storm activity for the next several years, or longer, due to warmer sea currents of unknown causes. Therefore, this product would seem to be appropriate for such locations as New Orleans, La. and adjacent areas; also the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Texas Gulf Coast and others, including Indonesia.

2. Description of the Prior Art

There is no known prior art for Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS). A reason for this is the huge cost anticipated for such structures. Another reason is that the threat was, generally, simply not fully recognized by the general public, until the recent occurrence of the huge damage inflicted by the Hurricane Katrina storm pulse on the City of New Orleans, La., the Gulf Coast of La., the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, the Gulf Coast of Texas and other coastal areas. Also, there just recently occurred the huge damage inflicted on Indonesia and adjacent areas by the tsunami impact there.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the current invention, which shall be described subsequently in greater detail, is offered to obtain the above objectives. Representative embodiments of the concepts of the current invention are illustrated in the drawings FIG. 1 of 2 and 2 of 2.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

FIG. 1 of 2 is a Concept Drawing of this invention. FIG. 2 of 2 is a Schematic drawing of the Harrison hurricane pulse tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) which are permanent, heavily steel rebar reinforced concrete seawalls that have their foundations driven down to ground rock every 30 feet of horizontal length.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

With reference now to the drawings, the following will be described:

FIG. 1 OF 2: This is a Concept Drawing of this invention. Please see FIG. 2 of 2 below for Schematic details.

FIG. 2 of 2: More specifically, it will be noted that the first embodiment of FIG. 2 of 2 includes: 1 shows the 140 foot nominal height of the seawall. 2 depicts a breaking wave from a hurricane storm wave pulse or a tsunami. 3 represents the steel reinforced concrete sheet piling that is connected the seawall that extends 55 feet underground to prevent scour (wash-out) of the earth below the seawall. 4 shows normal sea level. 5 depicts earthen fill under the seawall sloped away from the seawall at the natural angle of repose as shown. If on site conditions require less slope room, very sturdy retaining walls shall be built. In no case shall the seawall foundations be exposed. 6 depicts the land level behind and protected by the seawall, which would normally be higher than sea level (except, of course, in the case of parts of New Orleans, La. and possibly other areas). (continued to Page 2) (continued from Page 1) 7 depicts the land behind and protected by the seawall, that is below sea level as is the case for significant parts of New Orleans, but would be protected by the Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty seawall (HHTPS). 8 depicts the seawall structure foundations which are steel rebar reinforced concrete pilings driven down to ground rock refusal. 9 depicts the 30 foot deep integrated securely steel rebar reinforced concrete top part of the seawall that is securely connected to the rest of the seawall via multiple steel rebar reinforced concrete. 10 depicts the 80 foot wide top of the seawall on which roads may be constructed for vehicular traffic, with access and exit roads, and that include off road scenic vista viewing overlooks with stairways and other access down to the beach. 11 Large 1 ton to 6 ton riprap stone to control scour. (Note: these seawalls do not preclude access to sandy or other beaches frequented by and enjoyed by people and animals). 12 Heavy rebar steel reinforced, and rebar interconnected, concrete construction. 13 Beach area, either sandy or otherwise, located at any distance from the Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty seawall (HHTPS).

SPECIFICATION

1. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty seawalls (HHTPS) have their foundations driven down to ground rock refusal every 30 feet of horizontal length. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) which are permanent, heavily steel rebar reinforced concrete, very high nominally 140 feet high or higher, seawalls. Note: for areas where a tsunami is either not possible or not expected for 200 years or more, the height of the Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) may be reduced to 70 feet. However, there is absolutely no assurance whatsoever that the Gulf of Mexico shall never experience a tsunami. Many professionals in the field forecast that the Gulf of Mexico, and other areas, will see increased storm activity for the next several years, or longer, due to warmer sea currents due to unknown causes. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) are capable of protecting many areas that are subject to flooding and massive storm pulses such as hurricane Katrina level storm surges, and flooding. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty seawalls (HHTPS) also are capable of protecting areas at risk of a tsunami. A tsunami is caused by undersea earthquakes, undersea volcanic eruptions, etc. that produce a huge sea wave called a tsunami.

2. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) which are permanent, heavily steel rebar reinforced concrete, very high nominally 70 feet high to 140 feet high or higher seawalls that have their foundations driven down to ground rock refusal every 30 feet, more or less, of horizontal length. Harrison hurricane pulse and tsunami duty protective seawalls (HHTPS) have the strength and the capability, on top of the structures, to allow the construction of roads for vehicular traffic, together with access roads and exit roads with scenic overlooks for vehicular traffic, with steps or other access to the beach areas below the roads from the scenic overlooks or elsewhere.