Influence of Trimaran Geometric Parameters on Intact and Damaged Ship Stability
Weidle, William Scott
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Multi-hull vessels have been considered for high-speed, military and commercial applications for decades. More recently the trimaran vessel, with three hulls, has captured interest among naval ship designers and stakeholders. A definition of multi-hulls is introduced as a continuum with monohulls on one end, catamarans on the other, and trimarans in-between. A review of methods to assess intact and damaged stability follows in addition to an overview of current research in the area of dynamic stability for monohulls and trimarans. An investigation of intact stability characteristics for multi-hulls along the continuum is presented and their trends are examined. Next, a series of trimaran configurations are modeled in CAD with subdivision to determine their allowable KG according to USN deterministic criteria and using quasi-static methods. A response surface model was determined for allowable KG as a function of center hull length to beam, side hull beam to draft, transverse position, and displacement for use as a rule of thumb measure and potential optimization constraint.
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