“Hydrodynamic Resistance Characteristics of Humans, Dolphins and Ship Forms”, by Peter van Oossanen, Published in “Schip en Werf”, Vol. 55, No. 24, November 1988, pp. 501-510 (ID No. 1862).
This paper presents an overview of research carried out at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) on the subject of human swimming. The results obtained of an experimental study of the drag properties of a bottle-nosed dolphin are also reviewed. The drag characteristics of humans and dolphins as obtained from these studies are then compared to those of different ship forms in order to obtain a quantitative impression of the performance of the human body in this respect.