Journal of Marine Science and Technology

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 331–344 | Cite as

Validation of an approach to analyse and understand ship wave making

  • Hoyte C. RavenEmail author
Original Article


This paper discusses a rational and systematic procedure for understanding and analysing steady ship wave patterns and their dependence on hull form. A stepwise procedure is proposed in which the pressure distribution around the hull is invoked to provide a qualitative understanding of the connection between hull form and wave making. In a recent publication it was shown how this understanding explains various known trends and, in combination with wave pattern computations by free-surface potential flow or Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) methods, can often be exploited to reduce wave making by modifying the hull form. The present paper provides support for the guidelines given, validates the decomposition into different steps and indicates the connection with previous theoretical approaches.


Ship waves Slow-ship linearisation Hull form design 



The permission from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) to reproduce some material from [9] in this paper is acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN)WageningenThe Netherlands

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