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Slam loads and pressures acting on high-speed wave-piercing catamarans in regular waves


Shabani, B and Lavroff, J and Davis, MR and Holloway, DS and Thomas, GA, Slam loads and pressures acting on high-speed wave-piercing catamarans in regular waves, Marine Structures, 66 pp. 136-153. ISSN 0951-8339 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marstruc.2019.03.007


Slamming loads and pressures on high-speed catamarans with a centre bow (CB) differ from those on conventional catamarans with flat deck structures. The latter are well covered by class rules, which provide empirical formulae to calculate the design slamming pressure. An experimental study was therefore performed to quantify slamming pressures in the archways between bow and main hulls and the CB slamming force on a 112m wave piercing catamaran. The CB length was systematically varied on a 2.5m hydroelastic segmented catamaran model, which was tested in regular head sea waves at a speed of 2.89 m/s, full-scale equivalent of 38 knots. Slamming pressures were measured by 18 pressure transducers fitted into the CB, while data obtained from CB accelerometers and load cells enabled identification of the slamming force. The results indicate that slamming loads increase significantly with increasing CB length while the maximum peak slamming pressures varies to a lesser extent. It was also found that wave encounter frequency has a strong effect on the location of maximum pressure along the CB, considerably more so than any influence of CB configuration. The distribution of the peak pressures within the CB archway shows that the inboard peak pressures are larger than those at the top of the arch and the outboard locations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:wave-piercing catamaran, hydroelastic-segmented model, centre bow, slamming load, slamming pressure
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Domestic passenger water transport (e.g. ferries)
UTAS Author:Shabani, B (Dr Babak Shabani)
UTAS Author:Lavroff, J (Dr Jason Ali-Lavroff)
UTAS Author:Davis, MR (Professor Michael Davis)
UTAS Author:Holloway, DS (Associate Professor Damien Holloway)
ID Code:132266
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2019-04-30
Last Modified:2019-06-05

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