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An investigation into the course stability and control of a fast, pod driven Ropax

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Michael Woodward, Dr David Clarke, Professor Mehmet Atlar


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The last decade has seen growing interest in the use of azimuthing pods. The OPTIPOD Ropax has a length between perpendiculars of 172.2 metres, a design speed of 28 knots and is driven by two puller type pods. An understanding of the manoeuvring characteristics of this and other podded ships has been sought through the development of semi-empirical design tools. These design tools together with captive model tests and free-running model tests are used to evaluate the manoeuvring behaviour of the OPTIPOD Ropax.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Clarke D; Atlar M; Woodward MD

Editor(s): Bertram, V.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 3rd International EuroConference on High-Performance Marine Vehicles - HIPER'02

Year of Conference: 2002

Number of Volumes: 1

Pages: 437-446