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Effect of parabolization on viscous resistance of displacement vessels Klaptocz, Voytek R.


The addition of parabolic side bulbs at the ship's mid body is aimed at reducing wavemaking resistance. This concept was first successfully tested on a coaster tanker and then extended to the UBC Series Model 3, a typical Canadian West Coast fishing vessel. A series of systematic tow tank experiments revealed that while parabolization decreases the total resistance (due to a drop in wave-making resistance) the form factor suffers an increase. This thesis focuses on numerical predictions of the influence of side bulbs on the viscous resistance characteristics of a displacement vessel. An integral boundary method solver and a 2D RANS solver were chosen as tools to predict the effect of parabolization on viscous drag for the UBC Series Model 3 hulls and the UBC Series Model 4. The concept of parabolization was then extended to an NPL Trimaran hull. A 3D RANS code was used to compare the calculated values of skin friction and boundary layer thickness to those calculated by the integral boundary layer solver. The RANS code was also used to numerically predict the effect of parabolization on viscous pressure drag for the NPL hull. In total, three different bulbs were studied numerically in addition to the parent NPL hull. The numerical results were compared to experimental data obtained from calm water resistance predictions obtained from tow tank testing. Further effort to decrease the impact of parabolization on form factor was made by applying moving surface boundary layer control to the UBC Series Model 4.

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