Slamming is an important design consideration for aluminum vehicles, which must endure repeated impact events when operating at high speed in waves. Preliminary results from an experimental study of a free-falling aluminum wedge hull is presented to measure the structural response of the bottom plate of a hull. A two-dimensional problem is considered, and pressures and strain are measured on the bottom plating near the centerline. Full-_eld strains will be measured using stereoscopic digital image correlation. The main focus of this paper is on the measurements of position, acceleration and pressure on the bottom plating of the wedge hull as well as calculations of velocity. This experiment is the start of a much larger research endeavor that will contribute to a deeper understanding of fluid-structure interaction of slamming.

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