Abstract. This paper describes the study of the dynamic stability of a hydrofoiling sailing boat called the “Goodall Design Foiling Viper”. The goal of Goodall Design is to make hydrofoiling accessible to a wider public, whereas it was previously reserved for professional sailors at the highest level of the sport. To allow for safe operation, stability is an essential characteristic of the boat. The aim of this work is to find a strategy to perform a dynamic stability analysis using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), which can be used in a preliminary design stage. This paper starts by establishing a theoretical framework to perform the dynamic stability analysis. A stability analysis has to be performed around an equilibrium state which depends on operating parameters such as speed, centre of gravity, etc. . A fluid-structure interaction strategy is applied to determine these equilibrium states. The last part discusses the stability characteristics of the Viper. The framework managed to assess the dynamic stability of the Viper and found 5 longitudinal eigenmodes: two complex conjugated pairs of eigenvalues and one real eigenvalue. It can be concluded that the boat was both statically and dynamically stable.

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