Practical Ship Hydrodynamics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750648516, 9780080514529

Practical Ship Hydrodynamics

1st Edition

Authors: Volker Bertram
eBook ISBN: 9780080514529
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750648516
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 14th August 2000
Page Count: 288
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The author has provided the reader with comprehensive coverage of ship hydrodynamics with a focus on numerical methods now in use. The book provides a global overview of experimental and numerical methods for ship resistance and propulsion, manoeuvring and seakeeping. As boundary element techniques are now in standard use, these are covered in sufficient detail for independent code development.

The book is divided into seven chapters. Chapter one contains an overview of problems and approaches, including the basics of model and full scale testing. An introduction to computational fluid dynamics is given, including a discussion of applications. The next four chapters cover the subjects: propellers, resistance and propulsion, seakeeping and manoeuvring. These chapters present basic methods, such as model testing, extrapolation to full scale, and procedures for design. Substantial parts of each chapter include numerical methods and their applications. The last two chapters are devoted to boundary element methods for resistance and seakeeping.

Key Features

· Web-supported text. Questions provided in chapters with answers on the web · Covers well-established methods as well as the newest numerical procedures in the area of ship hydrodynamics


Students and senior or master level. Intended for graduate and post-graduate students.

Useful professional reference for naval architects and consulting engineers.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Overview of problems and approaches; Model test and similarity laws; Full scale tests; Numerical approaches (Computational Fluid Dynamics); Basic equations, Basic techniques; Applications. Propeller Flows: Propeller geometry and other basics, Propeller curves; Numerical methods for propeller design; Lifting line theory; Lifting surface theory; BEM for propellers; Field methods; Cavitation; Experimental approach; Propeller design procedure. Resistance and propulsion: Resistance and propulsion concepts; Interaction between ship and propeller; Decomposition of resistance; Experimental approach; Towing tanks and experimental set up; Resistance test; Method ITTC 1957; Method of Hughes-Prohaska; Propulsion test; Additional resistance under service conditions; Simple design approaches; CFD approaches for steady flow; Wave resistance computations; Viscous flow computations; Problems for fast and unconventional ships. Ship Seakeeping: Introduction to seakeeping; Experimental approaches (model and full-scale); Waves and seaway; Airy waves (harmonic waves of small amplitude); Natural seaway; Wind and seaway; Wave climate; Numerical prediction of ship seakeeping; Overview of computational methods; Strip method; Rankine panel methods; Problems for fast and unconventional ships; Further quantities in regular waves; Ship responses in stationary seaway; Simulation methods; Long-term distributions; Slamming. Manoeuvring: Simulation of manoeuvring with known coefficients; Coordinate systems and definitions; Body forces and manoeuvring motions; Linear motion equations; CFD for manoeuvring; Experimental approaches; Manoeuvring tests for full-scale ships in sea trials; Model tests; Rudders; Computation of body forces; Slender-body theory; Influence of heel; Shallow-water effect; Jet thrusters; Stop manoeuvres. Boundary element methods: Green function formulation; Integral equations; Source elements; Point source; Regular first-order panel; Jensen panel; Higher-order panel; Vortex elements; Dipole elements; Point dipole. Numerical examples for BEM: Two-dimensional body in infinite flow; Theory; Numerical implementation.


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About the Author

Volker Bertram

Senior Project Manager at Germanischer Lloyd, Germany. Formerly Project Manager at Hamburg Ship Model Basin and Professor of Ship Design at the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Project Manager at Germanischer Lloyd, Germany. Formerly Project Manager at Hamburg Ship Model Basin and Professor of Ship Design at the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany.


"To the experienced naval architect the comprehensive descriptions of the numerical methods will provide a unique opportunity of updating his knowledge in this special field... The author, as well as those interested in the latest developments in ship hydrodynamics, whether practising naval architects, university professors or students, should be congratulated with the publication of this book." HANSA journal, October 2000 "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 author should be congratulated with the publication of this book... it will be studied with interest by professionals and students all over the world." Poul Anderson, Technical University of Denmark "The book covers quite a lot of ground...should prove very useful to senior students and to practitioners in naval architecture. The book is well presented and will prove very interesting and useful to those involved in these fields of naval architecture." The Naval Architect, Jan 2001