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Measured loading response of model motion control stern tabs


Bell, J and Arnold, T and Lavroff, J and Davis, MR, Measured loading response of model motion control stern tabs, Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Transactions. Part A.International Journal of Maritime Engineering, 155 pp. A1-A7. ISSN 1479-8751 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Active trim tabs are commonly used as part of the ride control systems of high-speed craft. This paper investigates the lift characteristics of rectangular stern tabs that are commonly fitted to INCAT wave-piercer catamarans. A test apparatus was developed to enable the testing of a model scale trim tab in a circulating water tunnel in the University of Tasmania hydraulics laboratory. The magnitude and location of the lift force produced by the tab were measured over a range of tab angles and flow velocities. From this the lift coefficient of the tab was calculated and the performance of the tab under varying conditions was analysed. The lift force produced by the tab was shown to increase with velocity and tab angle as expected, with the lift coefficient of the tab increasing linearly with tab angle and remaining relatively constant with increases in flow velocity. The magnitude of the measured lift coefficient was lower than had been previously estimated in shallow water tests and the force was found to act forward of the tab hinge, indicating that much of the lift force generated by the tab is due to the increased pressure on the underside of the hull forward of the tab.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:motion control, stern tab loads, catamaran model
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Mechanical engineering
Research Field:Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Domestic passenger water transport (e.g. ferries)
UTAS Author:Bell, J (Mrs Jane Bell)
UTAS Author:Arnold, T (Mr Arnold)
UTAS Author:Lavroff, J (Dr Jason Ali-Lavroff)
UTAS Author:Davis, MR (Professor Michael Davis)
ID Code:85412
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2013-07-04
Last Modified:2014-07-22
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