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On the design and resistance prediction of large medium-speed catamarans


Haase, M and Davidson, G and Thomas, G and Binns, J and Bose, N, On the design and resistance prediction of large medium-speed catamarans, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on High-Performance Marine Vehicles, 27-28 September, Duisburg, pp. 1-9. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]


Medium-speed catamarans are under development as a new class of vessels to meet requirements for highly efficient sea transportation with a low environmental impact. A reduction in service speed and an increase in deadweight will lead to a high transport efficiency. Compared to current high-speed catamarans, these new vessels will operate at a transitional speed range between those of high-speed craft and conventional displacement ships.

In this paper, design guidelines to choose appropriate hull form parameters for medium speed catamarans with minimum resistance are derived and a preliminary design is made. Most important these vessels will operate at Froude numbers of Fr = 0.35 and have a relatively low prismatic coefficient of Cp 0.5 in conjunction with a low transom immersion. To correctly predict the calm water resista.nce, different methods to predict the calm water resistance of such vessels are discussed, whereas viscous free-surface flow simulat ions are most promising. It is shown that they are capable of predicting the hydrodynamic behaviour of mediumspeed catamarans, such as drag force , trim and sinkage within an acceptable range of accuracy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Naval architecture
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Domestic passenger water transport (e.g. ferries)
UTAS Author:Haase, M (Dr Max Haase)
UTAS Author:Thomas, G (Professor Giles Thomas)
UTAS Author:Binns, J (Professor Jonathan Binns)
UTAS Author:Bose, N (Professor Neil Bose)
ID Code:83572
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-03-19
Last Modified:2013-06-27
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