In this paper a proposal is made for assessing the stopping ability of ships by use of a ship's own constant, called the ship's time constant. With the help of this constant it is possible to plot the results of stopping manoeuvers in a dimensionless form and the basic relations are more evident in the case of different influences. The magnitude of the ship's time constant differs very much between the different types of ships and it is shown in the paper that this constant determines the stopping ability of a ship. The dimension of the constant is that of a time in seconds for example and means the time period for losing 50% of the ship's speed measured from the instant when the energy input is cut off. Under these circumstances the time constant or half-value period of a ship also has a concise significance for nautical people.

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    International Periodical Press

    193 Heemraadssingel
    Rotterdam,   Netherlands 

    International Periodical Press

    193 Heemraadssingel
    Rotterdam,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Dien, R
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

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  • Accession Number: 00156845
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1977 12:00AM