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Ship performance monitoring dedicated to biofouling analysis: Development on a small size research catamaran

Lookup NU author(s): Alessandro Carchen, Professor Mehmet Atlar, Dr Serkan TurkmenORCiD, Dr Kayvan Pazouki, Dr Alan J Murphy



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© 2019 Elsevier LtdThis paper provides a description of the deterministic ship performance monitoring system developed and installed on Newcastle University's Research Vessel, The Princess Royal, for the estimation of the effect of hull and propeller fouling on the vessel's performance. The study revolves around the principle of data normalisation, both in its theoretical and practical aspects. A procedure for correcting weather and operational disturbances is introduced that takes into account plausible resources limitations. According to the needs emphasised by the normalisation process, the required onboard measurement system is described as it was implemented on the research vessel. A robust method to prepare the raw data for the analysis and suitable for all ship types and sizes is then proposed. A performance analysis method is finally defined using four different indicators of the vessel hydrodynamic performance. On-board measurements are presented and analysed according to the proposed methodology. Results show an increase in resistance of over 20% with extensive shell fouling and prove the effectiveness of the used method.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Carchen A, Atlar M, Turkmen S, Pazouki K, Murphy AJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Ocean Research

Year: 2019

Volume: 89

Pages: 224-236

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Online publication date: 29/05/2019

Acceptance date: 06/05/2019

Date deposited: 14/06/2019

ISSN (print): 0141-1187

ISSN (electronic): 1879-1549

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.apor.2019.05.005


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