Robert M. Sorensen, J. Richard Weggel


During the last three decades several field and laboratory investigations have been conducted in which the waves generated by a wide variety of vessels have been measured. There is a need to synthesize the data published from these studies and to develop general ship wave prediction methods for designers. To complete this task some additional ship wave data must be collected. This paper initiates the effort to develop these prediction methods. A summary and critique of available data are given. Then, the appropriate portion of these data is employed to develop a ship wave height predictor model that gives the maximum ship wave height as a function of ship speed and displacement, water depth, and distance from the sailing line. This is an interim model that is quite applicable but can be improved pending additional data. Finally, planned future efforts to further develop design wave prediction methods are discussed.


wave design; ship waves; wave developement

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