This paper presents the main results of an investigation regarding the effectiveness of reducing the wave resistance of a system of sea vehicles by varying the lateral and longitudinal offsets of each ship. A high-order free-surface Rankine-source boundary element method was used to conduct simulations on a series of seven adapted medium-sized autonomous surface vehicles operating at 3 different lateral offsets and 5 different longitudinal offsets with Froude number 0.4. An analysis of wave resistance, wave pattern, and wave spectrum is conducted to understand the effect of wave pattern interference. Several configurations show promise in reducing the total wave making resistance.
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Wave Resistance Reduction for Ships Traveling in Fleet Formation
William Barrett Lambert;
Paper presented at the SNAME Maritime Convention, Virtual, September 2020.
Paper Number: SNAME-SMC-2020-058
Published: September 29 2020
Lambert, William Barrett, and Stefano Brizzolara. "Wave Resistance Reduction for Ships Traveling in Fleet Formation." Paper presented at the SNAME Maritime Convention, Virtual, September 2020.
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