2912 “Characteristics and Relative Merits of Different Vehicle Types”

“Characteristics and Relative Merits of Different Vehicle Types”, by Peter van Oossanen, Published in the Proceedings of the 13th WEGEMT School, 1989 (ID No. 2912)

This paper describes the main types of advanced marine vehicles, including high-speed displacement vessels, in terms of their most important characteristics. These main types are: the Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) ship, fast displacement and planing craft, fast catamarans, Surface Effect Ships (SES), hydrofoils, and air-cushion vehicles (ACV). The most important characteristics covered are size, speed, power, behaviour in a seaway and relative cost.

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