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Experimental Study on the Influence of Hull Spacing on Hard-Chine Catamaran Motions

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An experimental program was performed with hard-chine catamaran models in regular waves. The distance between the demi-hulls of the models was changed to assess its effects on the wave-induced motions. The results allowed the study of some aspects related to catamaran motions, like the interference between the hulls and resonance frequencies. The experimental results are compared with calculations performed with a recently developed code based on a two-dimensional potential flow theory in which viscous forces are included through a cross-flow drag approach. The effect of the hull distance in the heave and pitch motion responses and the importance of the viscous forces in such hull configurations are shown.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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  • The Journal of Ship Research is a quarterly publication providing highly technical papers on applied research in hydrodynamics, propulsion, ship motions, structures, and vibrations. While the Journal requires that papers present the results of research that advances ship and ocean science and engineering, most contributions bear directly on other disciplines, such as civil and mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis. High quality papers are contributed from the U.S., Canada and overseas, with representation from established authorities as well as new researchers.
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