PERFORMANCE ESTIMATES OF CAPTURED AIR BUBBLE VEHICLES WITH WATER JET PROPULSION

Performance predictions of captured air bubble ( CAB ) vehicles utilizing water jet propulsion are presented. The analysis was made for various combinations of gross weight, specific loading, length-to-beam ratio, and wave height. In addition, the effect of varying the ducting loss coefficient was also investigated. It was found that the total drag hump of low length-to-beam ratios ( L/B ) was eliminated at higher L/B values. This effect is due to the complex behavior of the wavemaking drag component. It was further found that for a particular length-to-beam ratio ( L/B ), a value of specific cushion loading existed which optimized the performance ( as measured by the ratio of weight to horsepower required ). The lighter specific cushion loadings offered definite performance advantages at the lower length-to-beam ratios. ( Author )

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA  USA  94720
  • Authors:
    • Williams, Robert M
  • Publication Date: 1967-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 125 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00001963
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Defense Documentation Center
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AERO-1119 R & D Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1972 12:00AM