Wave-Piercing Vessels

  • Liang Yun
  • Alan Bliault
  • Huan Zong Rong


In the next three chapters, we will introduce a number of hybrid vessel types linked with the catamaran configuration that aim to improve seakeeping and seagoing performance. We start with the wave-piercing catamaran (WPC) and then continue with the small-waterplane-area twin hull (SWATH) in Chap.  9 and other multihulls in Chap.  10. We will briefly touch on the WPC plus air cushion support in this chapter, SWATH plus air cushion support in the next chapter, and concepts such as the tunnel planing craft (TPC) and super-slender twin hull (SSTH) in Chap.  10 to give a flavor of the challenges presented by hybrid designs and the performance tradeoffs that they introduce. There are similarly a number of options for vessels with a central hull and outrigger support, such as the high-speed trimaran and the pentamaran. These can also employ additional concept adjustments such as hydrofoils to enhance performance. We will give a flavor of these also in Chap.  10.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liang Yun
    • 1
  • Alan Bliault
    • 2
  • Huan Zong Rong
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine Design and Research Institute of ChinaShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Naval ArchitectSolaNorway

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