THE WAVE RESISTANCE OF AN AIRCUSHION VEHICLE IN ACCELERATED MOTION

The report is concerned with the theoretical wave resistance of an air cushion vehicle (ACV) traveling over water of uniform finite or infinite depth, in steady or unsteady motion. Referring first to steady motion, it is shown that the unrealistic oscillations in the wave resistance curve at low Froude numbers found by previous workers can be eliminated by using a smoothed out pressure distribution rather than one with sharp edges studied exclusively in the past. The main result of unsteady motion calculations is that the peak wave resistance in shallow water, even in moderately accelerated motion, is appreciably less than the corresponding steady-state value. One feature of unsteady motion is that besides wave resistance there is another mechanism transferring energy to the free surface which is called the dynamic extention power. Contrary to intuition, the wave resistance in unsteady motion over finite depth sometimes becomes negative at supercritical Froude numbers before finally approaching zero at infinite speed. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Department of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48109
  • Authors:
    • Doctors, Lawrence J
    • Sharma, Som D
  • Publication Date: 1970-12

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  • Pagination: 198 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00015325
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 099
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-67-A-01810018
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 13 1972 12:00AM