Accession Number:

AD0269317

Title:

ON THE UNSTABLE ROLLING MOTIONS OF SHIPS RESULTING FROM NONLINEAR COUPLING WITH PITCH INCLUDING THE EFFECT OF DAMPING IN ROLL

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CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY INST OF ENGINEERING RESEARCH

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Report Date:

1961-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

The equations of motion for a ship pitching and rolling in a calm sea were found to be coupled by means of a second order term in the rolling equation of motion. When the pitching motion is simple harmonic the equation of motion in roll is of the Mathieu type, the two independent parameters being pitching amplitude and frequency. The stability diagram of the Mathieu equation including the effect of linear damping is determined theoretically and verified by solving the Mathieu equation on an analogue computer. In experiments with one ship model form, it was found that the transition from stable to unstable motion occurred for the value of the parameters predicted by the theory, and that the rolling motions obtained experimentally closely resembled the computer solutions. It was concluded that 1 unstable rolling motions are possible for very small pitching amplitudes, 2 when the natural frequency of pitch is twice that of roll the amplitude required to produce unstable motion is a minimum, and 3 for any pitching frequency, the greater the amount of damping, the greater the amplitude of pitching must become to produce unstable rolling motions. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE