AUTOMATIC BARGE CONTROL
The ABC (Automatic Barge Control) system described enables towed barges with ship-shaped forebodies to be used. A simple mechanism allows the pull in the towing hawser from the tug to be applied to the barge through a bridle, one end of which is connected to one of the two outboard ends of an athwartships beam pivoted on the barge centreline about one-sixth of the barge length aft. Each end of the beam is also connected rearwards to the control of a streamlined balanced rudder. The arrangement tends to automatically correct yawing of the towed barge and, together with the beneficial effects of the shaped forebody, results in a directional stability at least as good as that of a conventional ship and a much reduced towing resistance per ton of displacement. The towing arrangement is described in some detail.
- Further information can be obtained in MRIS Abstract #07 156267. From proceedings of Fourth International Tug Convention
International Tug Convention (4th)New Orleans, LA United States
- Nelson, A J
- Publication Date: 1975-10-20
- Pagination: 12 p.
- TRT Terms: Barges; Directional stability; Maneuverability; Steering components; Steering systems; Towboat operations; Towed barges; Vehicle design; Yaw; Yaw
- Old TRIS Terms: Barge configurations; Barge maneuverability; Course stability; Steering equipment; Steering system design; Tow maneuverability
- Subject Areas: Design; Marine Transportation; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00156268
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jun 22 1977 12:00AM