Calculating FRAM’s Dead Water

  • John Grue
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The internal wave (dead water) resistance on the Polar ship FRAM is obtained by two methods. The first is empirical, based on the original observations (Nansen, F.: Farthest North, Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 2 Whitehall Gardens, 1897. Vol. 1). The second is a strongly nonlinear interfacial method in three dimensions. The intersection between the empirical and theoretical resistances determines accurately the ship speed which is investigated varying the depth of the pycnocline, a quantity that was not measured by Nansen. A reduction to a fifth of the usual speed of the FRAM because of the dead water, as observed by Nansen, corresponds to a mid-depth of the pycnocline of slightly less than 4 m while FRAM’s draught was 5 m. The wave wake at Froude number slightly above 0.5 is calculated by the nonlinear method. The linear ship wake and dead water resistance are found to be invalid.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanics Section, Department of MathematicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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