Experimental Ship Dynamic Stability Assessment Using Wave Groups

  • Christopher C. Bassler
  • Martin J. DipperJr.
  • Mark Melendez
Part of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (FMIA, volume 119)


The assessment of ship performance in heavy weather, particularly dynamic stability performance, is an important but difficult assessment to make. Traditional experimental assessment methods using regular and random waves provide insight into dynamic stability performance, but may not identify, or provide a means to mitigate, specific modes of dynamic stability failure. Assessment using deterministic wave groups may provide repeatability and systematic exposure important for the assessment of ship designs, as well as aid in development and validation of numerical simulation tools. The deterministic grouped wave approach, when used to define ship behavior in heavy weather, can also be useful in the development of ship-specific operator guidance.


Wave groups Deterministic model testing Ship design Operator guidance 



The authors would like to express their appreciation for the support of the work in the paper from the Naval Innovative Science and Engineering Program (NISE) at NSWCCD, under the direction of Dr. John Barkyoumb. Additionally, the authors also appreciate support from Mr. James Webster (NAVSEA) and Dr. Pat Purtell (Office of Naval Research) for previous research and development, which provided the foundation and initialization of this work. The authors would also like to thank Mr. John Hoyt and Mr. Dan Hayden (NSWCCD) and Prof. Kostas Spyrou (NTUA) for their helpful discussions regarding the contents of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher C. Bassler
    • 1
  • Martin J. DipperJr.
    • 1
  • Mark Melendez
    • 1
  1. 1.David Taylor Model Basin (NSWCCD)West BethesdaUSA

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