Wave Data Requirements for Ship Design and Operation

  • Susan Lee Bales
  • William E. Cummins
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 8)


In order to accomplish its mission, any naval combatant must be able to withstand both the expected tactical loading and the occurring state of the natural environment. Overall ship as well as individual subsystem performance can be degraded (or enhanced) considerably by the state of the natural environment. This paper outlines the current practice for modelling the wave environment in naval ship design. Strengths and weaknesses of the Bretschneider wave spectrum are identified and ongoing work to improve both wave model and statistical data base quality is briefly described. A major part of this work is the development of a twenty year directional wave spectra climatology for the Northern Hemisphere.


Wave Height Significant Wave Height Wave Spectrum Spectral Form Ship Design 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Lee Bales
    • 1
  • William E. Cummins
    • 1
  1. 1.David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development CenterUSA

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