MacFarlane, GJ and Renilson, MR, Wave Wake - A Rational Method for Assesment, Proceedings Of International Conference on Coastal Ships and Inland Waterways, 17 - 18 Feb 1999, London, pp. 1-15. ISBN 0 903055 62 7 (1999) [Refereed Conference Paper]
The topic of wave wake, that is, waves generated by the forward motion of marine vessels,
is of great interest to vessel designers, builders, operators, government departments and
environmentalists. It is becoming of even more importance with the increased use of highspeed
craft on sheltered waterways due to the problems associated with bank erosion and
the dangers to other users of the waterway.
Subsequently, the number of institutions and organisations conducting research within this
field around the world is growing rapidly, however, the method of obtaining and reporting
the wave height generated by a vessel is different throughout the industry. This is further
complicated as the wave height varies considerably due to the interaction of the divergent
and transverse wave systems at varying distances away from the vessel.
This makes it essential to develop a method by which the major characteristics of the
waves generated can be measured and presented in a way that best represents the problems
that these waves cause and can be used to directly compare one vessel against another
The results of an investigation undertaken to develop a more equitable means for
comparing the performance of different vessels are presented. First, the relevant major
characteristics of the wave profile are defined and, secondly, this is related to the
transverse location from the vessel's sailing line. The wave profiles utilised within this
investigation have been obtained from model scale experiments on a typical hull form.