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Practical Ship Hydrodynamics

Practical Ship Hydrodynamics provides a comprehensive overview of hydrodynamic experimental and numerical methods for ship resistance and propulsion, maneuvering, seakeeping and vibration.

Beginning with an overview of problems and approaches, including the basics of modeling and full scale testing, expert author Volker Bertram introduces the marine applications of computational fluid dynamics and boundary element methods.

Expanded and updated, this new edition includes:

  • Otherwise disparate information on the factors affecting ship hydrodynamics, combined to provide one practical, go-to resource.
  • Full coverage of new developments in computational methods and model testing techniques relating to marine design and development.
  • New chapters on hydrodynamic aspects of ship vibrations and hydrodynamic options for fuel efficiency, and increased coverage of simple design estimates of hydrodynamic quantities such as resistance and wake fraction.

    With a strong focus on essential background for real-life modeling, this book is an ideal reference for practicing naval architects and graduate students.


    Primary: Practising marine engineers and naval architects, especially design/ hydrodynamics technical specialists; Consulting marine engineers; Academic/corporate libraries.

    Secondary: Marine engineering students on design and hydrodynamics courses.

    Hardbound, 390 Pages

    Published: August 2011

    Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

    ISBN: 978-0-08-097150-6


    • Praise for previous edition: "Highly useful for graduate and post-graduate students, the book is also a professional reference work for naval architects and consulting engineers."--Maritime Journal

      "The book combines otherwise disparate information on the factors affecting ship hydrodynamics into one practical, go-to resource. It is aimed at senior undergraduates and post graduate students. It will be useful for the practising naval architect, especially design/hydrodynamics technical specialists, and marine engineer as a reference work and as a means of updating their knowledge on how these important ship performance characteristics are, and can be, assessed."--Ship and Boat International, March/April 2012, page 48


    • Preface
      1 Introduction
      2 Propellers
      3 Resistance and propulsion
      4 Ship seakeeping
      5 Vibrations
      6 Ship manoeuvring
      Appendix A: Boundary element methods
      Appendix B: Numerical example for BEM


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