The successful achievements of hydrofoil craft to date and the possibility of high speeds at sea are due to the greatly increased understanding in recent years of the flow past hydrofoils and to the development of foil configurations and control systems for coping with the roughness of the sea surface. It seems appropriate, therefore, to link the discussion of hydrofoils with that of progress in the craft. The general characteristics of hydrofoil craft are reviewed together with some representative modern examples. Some physical aspects of the flow past hydrofoils are described, followed by a resume of some of the recent methods used in design and analysis of hydrofoils.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by Office of Naval Research, Washington, D. C. and Naval Ship Research and Development Center, Washington, D. C. Availability: Pub. in Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, v5 p161-184 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Institute of Technology

    1201 East California Street
    Pasadena, CA  United States  91125
  • Authors:
    • Acosta, A J
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00048078
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1978 12:00AM