The design of high-performance ships (SES, Hydrofoil, Swath) frequently involves the determination of secondary (wave impacts) loads. An inability to accurately determine wave impact pressures analytically necessitates model testing to provide this in formation. Conventional pressure transducers which sense pressure over a small area do not accurately measure the load experienced by a panel/grillage combination. Thus, by employing a transducer that models the stiffness, area and dynamic characteristics of the structure in question, structural responses to wave impacts can be measured. From the responses of these statically calibrated panels /grillages, equivalent uniform static pressures can be directly measured so as to provide secondary load design criteria.

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