SURVEY OF PRESENT STATE OF TECHNOLOGY AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES WITH AIR-CUSHION VEHICLES.
Research and development rept.
DAVID TAYLOR MODEL BASIN WASHINGTON D C
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This report presents a survey of the present state of technology as well as practical experiences relating to design and operation of air-cushion vehicles ACVs. Topics include a brief description of vehicle types and basic-engineering principles, characteristics of existing vehicles and those of the near future, existing and potential main machinery and propulsion systems, and possible technological trends in critical areas. No attempt is made to discuss the potential of ACVs for naval application rather, the technologic base is identified so as to make available to naval architects information supplemental to their conceptual design studies. On the basis of available information one can conclude that air-cushion vehicles of 1,000 tons and larger will not be available for open ocean operations within the next 2 to 3 years. Author
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles