Shock Mitigation for High Speed Planing Boats
COASTAL SYSTEMS STATION PANAMA CITY FL
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Navy SEALs and other occupants of Naval Special Warfare planing boats are exposed to repeated and severe shock loads during high-speed impact with waves in moderate to heavy sea conditions. The shock loads produce discomfort, loss in occupant performance, and both chronic and acute injuries. The long-term goal of the task Shock Mitigation for High Speed Planing Boats is to reduce debilitating shock loads without adversely affecting boat performance, through the development of water-impact, planing boat, and human injury dynamics theory, analysis tools, shock reduction concepts, and proofs-of-concept. The research is dual-use technology development with application to other Navy and Department of Defense DoD small boat operations, the U.S. Coast Guard, and private-sector commercial and pleasure boat markets.
- Marine Engineering