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The Influence of Centre Bow Length On Slamming Loads and Motions of Large Wave-piercing Catamarans

Shahraki, JR; Thomas, GA; Davis, MR; (2018) The Influence of Centre Bow Length On Slamming Loads and Motions of Large Wave-piercing Catamarans. Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Part A: International Journal of Maritime Engineering , 160 pp. 57-69. 10.3940/rina.ijme.2018.a1.451.

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Abstract

The effect of various centre bow lengths on the motions and wave-induced slamming loads on wave-piercing catamarans is investigated. A 2.5 m hydroelastic segmented model was tested with three different centre bow lengths and towed in regular waves in a towing tank. Measurements were made of the model motions, slam loads and vertical bending moments in the model demi-hulls. The model experiments were carried out for a test condition equivalent to a wave height of 2.68 m and a speed of 20 knots at full scale. Bow accelerations and vertical bending moments due to slamming showed significant changes with the change in centre bow, the longest centre bow having the highest wave-induced loads and accelerations. The increased volume of displaced water which is constrained beneath the bow archways is identified as the reason for this increase in the slamming load. In contrast it was found that the length of centre bow has a relatively small effect on the heave and pitch motions in slamming conditions.

Type: Article
Title: The Influence of Centre Bow Length On Slamming Loads and Motions of Large Wave-piercing Catamarans
DOI: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2018.a1.451
Publisher version: https://www.rina.org.uk/IJME_451.html
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10022854
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