RESULTS OF MODEL EXPERIMENTS TO DEFINE RESISTANCE AND SINKAGE OF A LARGE SHIP TRANSITING A LOCK OF THE PANAMA CANAL

A 1:35.2 scale model of the Pedro Miguel Lock was constructed in the 140-foot model basin at David W. Taylor Naval Ship R and D Center. A 19.2-foot ship model was used in experiments to define resistance and sinkage characteristics of a ship with maximum beam and draft transiting a lock of the Panama Canal. Model data are presented and a quasi-steady extrapolation technique is discussed. Results presented show a limiting speed due to resistance forces when entering the lock and a limiting speed due to grounding of the ship's bottom when exiting the lock. Recommendations of operation limits for fullscale ships are presented. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center

    Ship Performance Department
    Bethesda, MD  USA  20084
  • Authors:
    • Fisher, S
    • JENKINS, D
    • DAY, W
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

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  • Pagination: 61 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00195774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DTNSRDC/SPD-0881-01
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM