OPEN-WATER TESTING FOR SEAKEEPING RESEARCH

The role of open-water testing in ship dynamics research is discussed, and several types of experiments are identified in which the advantages of open-water testing outweigh the disadvantages. The suitability of Bedford Basin, near Halifax, for open-water testing is evaluated, and it is shown that Bedford Basin provides good conditions for maneuvering tests and excellent rough-water conditions for seakeeping tests at roughly 1/20 scale. The past activities of Defence Research Establishment Atlantic (DREA) in open-water hydrodynamic experiments are reviewed, and the importance of dynamics in most of these past projects is noted. Recent work with a 1/20 scale radio-controlled DDH-280 model is described, showing that DREA has the capability to conduct open-water radio- controlled model tests on a routine basis. Plans for future work are given, including construction and testing of a 1/20 scale model of a SWATH frigate.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 29p.

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  • Accession Number: 00661141
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM