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Centre bow and wet-deck design for motion and load reductions in wave piercing catamarans at medium speed


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Shabani, B ORCID: 0000-0002-2910-962X, Lavroff, J ORCID: 0000-0001-5262-8666, Holloway, DS ORCID: 0000-0001-9537-2744, Davis, MR and Thomas, GA 2019 , 'Centre bow and wet-deck design for motion and load reductions in wave piercing catamarans at medium speed' , Ships and Offshore Structures , pp. 1-17 , doi: 10.1080/17445302.2019.1708043.

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For wave piercing catamarans, the centre bow length and tunnel clearance are important design factors for slamming, passenger comfort and deck diving. This experimental study determined the influence of centre bow (CB) and wet-deck geometry on their motions and loads at reduced speed using five configurations. A 2.5 m hydroelastic segmented catamaran model was tested in regular head seas in wave heights equivalent to 2.7 m, 4.0 m and 5.4 m at full scale. Higher wet-decks had higher vertical accelerations but reduced slamming loads. The greatest peak vertical CB loads ranged between 18–105% of the total hull weight. Regression models were obtained for the vertical loads and bending moments. A reduction of speed from 38 knots to 20 knots reduces the maximum slam loads by approximately 30% in regular waves. Considering both low and high speeds, the Short CB was found to be a consistent design for slamming reduction.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Shabani, B and Lavroff, J and Holloway, DS and Davis, MR and Thomas, GA
Keywords: wave-piercing catamaran, hydroelastic segmented model, centre bow, relative motions, slamming, vertical bending moments
Journal or Publication Title: Ships and Offshore Structures
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1744-5302
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/17445302.2019.1708043
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