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

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  2. Dr Michael Woodward
  3. Dr David Clarke
  4. Professor Mehmet Atlar
Author(s)Clarke D; Atlar M; Woodward MD
Editor(s)Bertram, V.
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference Name3rd International EuroConference on High-Performance Marine Vehicles - HIPER'02
Conference LocationBergen, Norway
Year of Conference2002
Legacy Date14-17 September 2002
Volume1
Number of Volumes1
Pages437-446
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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.