Accession Number:

ADA229406

Title:

Model Tests of Inflatable Life Rafts in Breaking Waves

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE