Model Tests of Inflatable Life Rafts in Breaking Waves
COAST GUARD WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
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Model tests were conducted to investigate the capsizing of inflatable life rafts when struck by a breaking wave. The life raft models were tested with and without water ballast compartments. Three configurations of water ballast compartments were evaluated four rectangular bags arranged symmetrically on the bottom of the raft, a single toroidal bag, and a single hemispherical bag. The unballasted raft was consistently capsized. The ballasted rafts were not capsized with any of the three ballast configurations.
- Marine Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics