THE U.S. COAST GUARD CIRCULATING WATER CHANNEL

In 1974 it was determined that the Marine and Ocean Engineering programs at the Coast Guard Academy were suffering from the lack of a facility to allow students to do experimental work in the area of fluid mechanics and ship hydrodynamics. A study was conducted to develop and evaluate the options, and this resulted in the design and construction of a free surface circulating water channel with the associated instrumentation. This CWC has a test section of 2 ft. deep x 4 ft. wide x 12 ft. long and a maximum velocity in excess of 8 ft./sec. (Froude No. greater than one). The technique of using a vertical loop circulation with a 3 to 1 compression section prior to water entry into the test section and the use of turning vanes to inhibit separation of the flow stream resulted in a uniform velocity profile quite suitable for the experimental work by the Academy and the Research and Development Center.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented on 28 February 1980 to the New England Section, SNAME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Colburn, W
    • SIMPSON, W
    • Phelps, V
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: n.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00316713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM