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Response of a high-speed wave-piercing catamaran to an active ride control system


AlaviMehr, J and Davis, MR and Lavroff, J and Holloway, DS and Thomas, GA, Response of a high-speed wave-piercing catamaran to an active ride control system, Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Transactions. Part A. International Journal of Maritime Engineering, 158, (Part A4) pp. A325-A335. ISSN 1479-8751 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3940/rina.ijme.2016.a4.382


Ride control systems on high-seed vessels are an important design features for improving passenger comfort and reducing motion sickness and dynamic structural loads. To investigate the performance of ride control systems a 2.5m catamaran model based on the 112m INCAT catamaran was tested with an active centre bow mounted T-Foil and two active stern mounted trim tabs. The model was set-up for towing tank tests in calm water to measure the motions response to ride control step inputs. Heave and pitch response were measured when the model was excited by deflections of the T-Foil and the stern tab separately. Appropriate combinations of the control surface deflections were then determined to produce pure heave and pure pitch response. This forms the basis for setting the gains of the ride control system to implement different control algorithms in terms of the heave and pitch motions in encountered waves. A two degree of freedom rigid body analysis was undertaken to theoretically evaluate the experimental results and showed close agreement with the tank test responses. This work gives an insight into the motions control response and forms the basis for future investigations of optimal control algorithms.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ride control system, response, catamaran, model tests
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Domestic passenger water transport (e.g. ferries)
UTAS Author:AlaviMehr, J (Dr Javad Mehr)
UTAS Author:Davis, MR (Professor Michael Davis)
UTAS Author:Lavroff, J (Dr Jason Ali-Lavroff)
UTAS Author:Holloway, DS (Associate Professor Damien Holloway)
ID Code:113742
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2017-01-18
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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