Dynamic Properties of Container Vessel with Low Metacentric Height

M. Blanke, A.G. Jensen

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Inaccuracy in prediction of maneuvers and lack of robustness of closed loop autopilot control has been a surprising experience for several ships with low metacentric height. Until now, effective investigations in this area have been hindered by lack of knowledge about the precise interaction between roll and lateral motions. This was changed with the construction of a unique four degrees of freedom roll planar motion mechanism (RPMM) at the Danish Maritime Institute. The paper presents complete nonlinear models for a container ship obtained with this facility. Model scale predictions are compared with full scale results and shown to give a good replicate of the dynamic properties after tuning of a few parameters to account for model to full scale differences. Dynamic control properties are discussed, and the importance of roll couplings are investigated. Finally, response operators for waves are provided for a relevant range of metacentric heights, and wind data are included to make the characterization of the vessel complete.
Original languageDanish
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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