Journal of Marine Science and Technology

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 345–358 | Cite as

Wave generation of a compartmented surface-effect ship

  • Lawrence J. Doctors
  • Alexander H. Day
  • David Clelland
  • Philip Beveridge
Original Article


A series of carefully controlled experiments on the wave-generation characteristics of a model of a compartmented surface-effect ship has been conducted in a towing tank. Configurations of the model included cases encompassing one subcushion and two subcushions, as well as differing values of the pressures in the subcushions. It was shown that a reduced wave generation in the appropriate Froude number range could be achieved in this manner. Furthermore, a previously developed theory for the wave generation of marine vessels was verified for the model for a Froude number greater than 0.40.


Surface-effect ships Wave generation Towing tank Model tests 



We would like to thank the University of Strathclyde for providing the Sir David Anderson Bequest Award, which supported travel and maintenance costs associated with this project, as well as the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering for additional funding. We would also like to express our appreciation to Mr Charles Keay, Laboratory Coordinator, who supervised the construction of the model SES and the associated specialized equipment. Additionally, he oversaw the operation of the towing tank. Finally, we also respectfully acknowledge the infrastructure support provided by both the University of Strathclyde and The University of New South Wales (UNSW).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence J. Doctors
    • 1
  • Alexander H. Day
    • 2
  • David Clelland
    • 2
  • Philip Beveridge
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Manufacturing EngineeringThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Naval Architecture and Marine EngineeringThe University of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland, UK

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