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A case study: theoretical and experimental analysis of motion characteristics of a trimaran hull form


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Hebblewhite, K, Sahoo, PK and Doctors, LJ 2007 , 'A case study: theoretical and experimental analysis of motion characteristics of a trimaran hull form' , Ships and Offshore Structures, vol. 2, no. 2 , pp. 149-156 , doi: 10.1080/17445300701430242.

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Vessel motion is an aspect of design that requires a high degree of consideration with regard to passenger comfort. Within the last two decades, extensive research work has resulted in development of numerical and analytical methods for the prediction of heave and pitch motions of catamaran hull forms. However, in the recent past, there appears to be a strong interest in the development of trimaran hull forms. Investigations have shown that little research has been conducted on such hull forms to reduce their motions in heave and pitch. In this paper, we will investigate the effect of the (longitudinal) stagger of the sidehulls on the motions in heave and pitch of a representative trimaran hull.

In order to quantify the effects of longitudinal stagger of the sidehulls (outriggers) with respect to the centrehull, experimental investigations were undertaken at the Australian Maritime College Ship Hydrodynamic Centre (AMCSHC). A round-bilge high-speed hull form model of the AMECRC systematic series was constructed and subjected to extensive experimental analysis as well as computer simulations (HYDROS) for four different longitudinal stagger positions. The investigations demonstrated that this variation and the resulting variation in the radius of gyration could have a significant effect on the heave and pitch motions. The literature survey indicated that, to date, investigations on trimaran hull forms have been confined to determining the effect of transverse and longitudinal positions of the sidehulls only on the resistance characteristics. The investigations undertaken within the scope of this paper provide a starting point to investigate the effect of the trimaran’s sidehull position on the motions of the vessel.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hebblewhite, K and Sahoo, PK and Doctors, LJ
Keywords: Motion characteristics; trimaran hull form
Journal or Publication Title: Ships and Offshore Structures
ISSN: 1744-5302
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/17445300701430242
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