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A practical design approach including resistance predictions for medium-speed catamarans


Haase, M and Davidson, G and Thomas, G and Binns, J and Bose, N, A practical design approach including resistance predictions for medium-speed catamarans, Ship Technology Research, 60, (1) pp. 4-13. ISSN 0937-7255 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1179/str.2013.60.1.001


Medium-speed catamarans are under development as a new class of vessels to meet requirements for highly efficient sea transportation with low environmental impact. Reduced service speed and increased deadweight will increase transport efficiency. Compared to current high-speed catamarans, these new vessels will operate in a transitional speed range between high-speed craft and conventional displacement ships. In this paper, design guidelines to choose appropriate main dimensions for medium speed catamarans with minimum resistance were derived and a preliminary design was made. These vessels will operate at Froude numbers of about 0.35 and have a relatively low prismatic coefficient of about 0.5 in conjunction with a small transom immersion. Different methods are discussed to correctly predict the calm water resistance, with RANSE (Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations)-based flow simulations being the most promising. It is shown that they are capable of predicting the hydrodynamic characteristics of medium-speed catamarans, such as drag force, trim and sinkage with acceptable accuracy

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:medium-speed, catamaran, ship design, hydrodynamics
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Naval architecture
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Coastal sea freight transport
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:89105
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2014-02-25
Last Modified:2016-05-04
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