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Non-dimensionalisation of lateral distances between vessels of dissimilar sizes for interaction effect studies


Jayarathne, N and Ranmuthugala, D and Leong, Z and Fei, J, Non-dimensionalisation of lateral distances between vessels of dissimilar sizes for interaction effect studies, Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Part A: International Journal of Maritime Engineering, 159, (A4) pp. 429-441. ISSN 1740-2700 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3940/rina.ijme.2017.a4.429


To date, most of the hydrodynamic interaction studies between a tug and a ship during ship assist manoeuvers have been carried out using model scale investigations. It is however difficult to establish how well results from these studies represent full scale interaction behaviour. This is further exacerbated by the lack of proven methodologies to nondimensionalise the relative distances between the two vessels, enabling the comparison of model and full scale interaction effect data, as well as between vessels of dissimilar size ratios. This study investigates a suitable correlation technique to non-dimensionalise the lateral distance between vessels of dissimilar sizes, and a scaling option for interaction effect studies. It focuses on the interaction effects on a tug operating around the forward shoulder of a tanker at different lateral distances during ship assist operations. The findings and the non-dimensioning method presented in this paper enable the interaction effects determined for a given ship-to-tug ratio to be used to predict the safe operational distances for other ship-to-tug ratios.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:tug-ship interaction, CFD, model experiment, lateral distance, non-dimensional distances
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jayarathne, N (Dr Nirman Sembukutti Vidanelage)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Leong, Z (Dr Zhi Leong)
UTAS Author:Fei, J (Associate Professor Jiangang Fei)
ID Code:121975
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2017-10-24
Last Modified:2018-04-19

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