GROUND EFFECT SHIP DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. PART 1: FORMULATION OF CHARACTERITISTICS

The report is intended as a guideline in defining the Ground Effect Ship and in calling attention to requirements which must be considered by the design. Gross characteristics of such a ship are obtained by integrating operational cargo-handling considerations, external and internal aerodynamic requirements for economical performance, and structural aspects. Four vehicles were designed to conform to the minimum economical size for different cargo and passenger loads. The report recommends that the vehicle selected for development be not less than 100 ft. long and 90 long tons gross weight. A detailed presentation is made of the design requirements needed by the vehicle for successful operation and are intended as the basis for an eventual specification for the Ground Effect Ship. As a result of this analysis, it is recommended that the ship selected for development be Contractor's C design, having a length of 158 ft. and 160 long tons gross weight, permitting a partial two deck configuration, with the lower deck designed to carry standard 8 times 8 ft. containers up to 40 ft. in length, with 100 passengers on the second deck.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number VRC-R-13. See MRIS-027544, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Vehicle Research Corporation

    1661 Lombardy Road
    Pasadena, CA  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1962-2-15

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 61 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: Pt1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00027543
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 13 Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: MA-2849
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1973 12:00AM