USE OF AIR BEARINGS FOR PIERSIDE LOADING RAMPS

To support the shore-side end of a ramp for loading and unloading the numerous wheeled vehicles carried by a U.S. aircraft carrier, a type of bearing was required which would accommodate appreciable angular axial and lateral movements of the ship relative to the dock-side. Of the various possibilities examined, a form of bearing is recommended in which the dock-side end of the ramp floats on a film of air during operation. Its use substantially reduces both operation time and labour costs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the June 8, 1978 meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of SNAME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Cave, M W
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196477
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM