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When water is shallow


Robbins, A and Thomas, G and Macfarlane, G and Dand, I and Renilson, M, When water is shallow, Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Part A: International Journal of Maritime Engineering, 155, (Part A3) pp. A116-A130. ISSN 1479-8751 (2013) [Refereed Article]


A master of a vessel must at all times know where their vessel is operating. Traditionally this is only thought of in the geographical sense; however, there is a clear necessity, for safe vessel operations, that the master knows where their vessel is in the hydrodynamic sense. This knowledge is also of prime interest to designing naval architects and route planners alike. Water depth has profound effects on vessel performance and to know When is Water Shallow? is the key to successful vessel operation and wash mitigation. The authors propose a series of characterisations to aid the definition of shallow-water and hence provide greater operational understanding. These characterisations cover typical vessel performance indicators such as resistance, propulsion, manoeuvring, etc., but also wash-specific performance indicators such as wave angle, wave decay, soliton occurrence and spectral output.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:solitons, naval architects, performance indicators, route planner, shallow-water, vessel operations, water depth, wave decay
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Naval architecture
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Robbins, A (Dr Alexander Robbins)
UTAS Author:Thomas, G (Professor Giles Thomas)
UTAS Author:Macfarlane, G (Associate Professor Gregor MacFarlane)
ID Code:119545
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Australian Maritime College
Deposited On:2017-08-02
Last Modified:2022-07-12

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