Hydrodynamic interactions between two ships advancing in waves

Gung Rong Chen, Ming-Chung Fang

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In this paper the hydrodynamic problems between two moving ships in waves are analyzed using a three-dimensional potential-flow theory based on the source distribution technique. The potential is presented by a distribution of source over the ship hull. The corresponding Green functions and their derivatives can be easily solved numerically by using the series expansions of Telste and Noblesse's algorithm for the Cauchy principal value integral of unsteady flow. The numerical solution is evaluated by applying the present method to two pairs of models and compared with experimental data and strip theory. From the comparisons, it shows that the hydrodynamic interactions are generally important. In the resonance region, the hydrodynamic interaction calculated by the 3D method is more reasonable, which is not so significant as that by the 2D method. The technique developed here may serve as a more rigorous tool to analyze the related problems of two ships doing underway replenishment in waves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1053-1078
Number of pages26
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

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