Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 321–332 | Cite as

Analysis of the wave system of a catamaran for CFD validation

  • A. Souto-IglesiasEmail author
  • R. Zamora-Rodríguez
  • D. Fernández-Gutiérrez
  • L. Pérez-Rojas
Research Article


This paper describes the investigations carried out in the towing tank of ETSIN (UPM), where the influence of the distance between catamaran hulls on interference resistance was studied. Resistance, trim and wave cuts were measured for several situations and a device for measuring the wave cuts in different positions between the hulls was built. In order to ascertain the accuracy of the measurements taken, an uncertainty analysis is included. The relation between the interference resistance and the inner wave cuts shapes is analyzed. This analysis provides some insight into the phenomenon but further work is yet to be done.


Hull Wave Height Froude Number Wave System Wave Elevation 
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List of symbols


beam of each hull


total bias (%)


frictional resistance coefficient


total resistance coefficient




computational fluid dynamics


Froude number


interference factor


length between perpendiculars (m)


coverage factor




total precision (%)


resistance (g)


Catamaran resistance (g)


Demihull resistance (g)


wetted surface

Sep. 22

220 mm hulls’ separation distance

Sep. 42

420 mm hulls’ separation distance

Sep. 62

620 mm hulls’ separation distance


tests temperature (°)


total uncertainty (%)


velocity (m s−1)


measured wave height (m)

(1 + k)

form factor


density (kg m−3)


dimensionless wave elevation



This work has been partially funded by the program “Plan Nacional I+D+i 2004–2007” of the Spanish “Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia” through the project “Optimización de carenas de yates de alta competición mediante el estudio numérico experimental de apéndices con superficie libre” (file number TRA2005-08866-C02-01/TMAR) headed by the Naval Architecture Department (ETSIN) of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). The authors are particularly grateful to Graham Cairns and Hugo Gee for correcting and improving the English text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Souto-Iglesias
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Zamora-Rodríguez
    • 1
  • D. Fernández-Gutiérrez
    • 1
  • L. Pérez-Rojas
    • 1
  1. 1.Model Basin Research Group (CEHINAV), Naval Architecture Department (ETSIN)Technical University of Madrid (UPM)MadridSpain

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