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Prawn trawl drag due to material properties - an investigation of the potential for drag reduction


Balash, C and Sterling, D, Prawn trawl drag due to material properties - an investigation of the potential for drag reduction, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Fishing Vessel Energy Efficiency, 22-24 May 2012, Vigo, Spain, pp. 1-9. ISBN 9788461589432 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Rising fuel costs, impending oil deficit and global concern for greenhouse gas emission necessitate improvements of energy efficiency in commercial fisheries. Innovative high strength netting materials provide the potential for a positive outcome in relation to the energy efficiency of prawn trawling. Usage of high strength netting in Australian prawn trawling applications has returned mixed results over the last 10 years. The presented work investigated the drag of prawn trawl models constructed from innovative and traditional materials. The major finding was that drag reductions achieved with innovative materials were not directly related to the associated reductions in twine area: knot area and orientation produce amplified effects on drag. It was also shown that netting stiffness affects trawl shape and hence the corresponding drag.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:prawn trawl, drag, energy efficiency
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Balash, C (Dr Cheslav Balash)
ID Code:79064
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2012-08-15
Last Modified:2014-08-29
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