CHALLENGES TO HYDROFOIL SHIP SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY

The present state of hydrofoil technology is "state of the art", and this article presents some of the problems of hydrofoil technology which are deserving of careful study before the technology can further evolve. The structure and materials of hydrofoils is similar to that of airplanes, and thus the same design and testing methods must be used as are used in the field of airframe design. A new plastic model containing 400 strain gauges has also been developed. The method of powering hydrofoil craft must be integrated into the design, for the output of the powerplant must match the capabilities of the craft to provide optimum efficiency. Navigation, collision avoidance, underway replenishment, and electronics must also be adapted to fit the needs of hydrofoil operation.

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    American Society of Naval Engineers

    Suite 507, 1012 14th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20005
  • Authors:
    • Chatterton, H A
    • Sarchin, T H
  • Publication Date: 1972-2

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 23-24
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00034774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1972 12:00AM