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The Vibratory Damping of Large High Speed Catamarans


Thomas, GA and Davis, MR and Holloway, DS and Roberts, T, The Vibratory Damping of Large High Speed Catamarans, Marine Structures, 21, (1) pp. 1-21. ISSN 0951-8339 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marstruc.2007.12.003


Large high-speed catamarans may experience slamming, and subsequently whipping, when operating in a large seaway. The rate at which the whipping behaviour decays after a slam is due to the damping within the system. This paper reports on work to further understand the vibratory damping of large high-speed catamarans. Full-scale measurements of slam events were conducted on two large high-speed Incat catamarans during delivery voyages and regular service operations. Exciter tests were also conducted on the vessels whilst stationary in calm water. An examination of the components that contribute to the damping of the system was also undertaken. Estimates were made of the relative magnitude of the various hydrodynamic components including: wave making damping, viscous damping and acoustic damping. The total predicted damping, due to hydrodynamic and material damping, was found to account for only a small proportion of the measured total damping. The shortfall can only be presumed to be due to additional structural damping which is estimated to be one order higher than the inherent material damping.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:High-speed catamarans; Damping; Whipping
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:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Thomas, GA (Professor Giles Thomas)
UTAS Author:Davis, MR (Professor Michael Davis)
UTAS Author:Holloway, DS (Associate Professor Damien Holloway)
ID Code:53956
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2009-02-03
Last Modified:2009-06-09
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