PERFORMANCE PREDICTION OF A 112M WAVE-PIERCING CATAMARAN
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The prediction of power required to propel a high-speed catamaran involves the hydrodynamic interactions between the hull surface and the surrounding fluid that may be difficult to compute numerically. In this study model-scale experiments are used as a basis for comparison to full-scale sea trials data measured on a 112m Incat wave-piercing catamaran to predict the full-scale powering requirements from model-scale testing. By completing water jet shaft power measurements on an Incat vessel during sea trials, comparison of these results was made to model-scale test results to provide good correlation. The work demonstrates that the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC) extrapolation techniques used provide a good basis for extrapolating the data from model-scale to full-scale to predict the power requirements for the full-scale catamaran vessel operating at high Froude Number with water jet propulsion. This provides a useful tool for future designers and researchers for determining the power requirements of a catamaran vessel through model tests.