HYDRODYNAMIC DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF A SIZE 5 REINFORCED-PLASTIC MINESWEEPING FLOAT
DAVID TAYLOR MODEL BASIN WASHINGTON DC
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An 0 Type, Size 5, Reinforced-plastic Minesweeping Float was designed and fabricated at the David Taylor Model Basin. Tests were conducted in the circulating-water channel to determine the net buoyancy, lift, drag, and towing characteristics. Tests to verify towing characteristics were also made using a small boat in the Chesapeake Bay. After modifications to towpoint and control surfaces, the float towed in a stable manner over the speed range of 0 to 7 knots. It is concluded that a Size 5 Minesweeping Float fabricated from plastic will have satisfactory towing characteristics and will allow a substantial reduction in the handling weight.
- Marine Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics