The paper commences with a resume of the origins of the trimaran concept, its first power boat example, the ILAN VOYAGER, and the Advanced Technology Frigate design which adapted the trimaran configuration to a modern warship requirement. Other design studies, ranging from an offshore patrol vessel to a small aircraft carrier are outlined. The various naval architecture considerations of powering, stability, structures and manoeuvring are then described. Particular attention is focused on the seakeeping analysis which is being carried out. Finally, preliminary results on a spatial analysis of the trimaran configuration and the advantages this appears to provide in a more spacious upper deck and main deck arrangement in the central portion of the ship is outlined. The paper concludes by postulating that, in respect of the capabilities likely to be most significant in the requirements for frigate designs in the future, the Trimaran would appear to have distinct advantages over the monohull and other unconventional hull forms.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Naval Engrs J, v 107 n 3, May 1995, p 77 [17 p, 34 ref, 3 tab, 23 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Andrews, D J
    • Zhang, J W
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00717086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM