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Multi-Hull Ships

by V.A. Dubrovsky, A. G. Lyakhovitsky 
isbn 09644311-2-2
US$259.00 :: ©2001
Hardcover :: 495 pages
7.5"x10" :: 431 fig. :: 510 bibl.

The monograph presents a systematic and detailed description of main aspects of naval
architecture of multi-hull ships. The topics include conceptual design, hydrostatics and
stability, resistance and propulsion in calm water and high seas, seakeeping,
controllability, structural strength, and specifics of applying the multi-hull concepts to
various fields of marine transportation. The scope of architectural types encompasses
all the variety of multi-hull "species" from ordinary catamarans and trimarans to
SWATH ships, wave-piercing, hydrofoil-assisted, super-critical-speed shallow-water
catamarans, and to ships with more than three hulls. The sizes of ships range from
small fast crafts to large ferries, from river passenger catamarans to transatlantic
container carriers, and from high-speed patrol boats to naval combatants and aircraft

This book is a multi-discipline reference book akin to SNAME's 3-volume "Principles of
Naval Architecture". In this respect, the book is unique and is the only one of its type
available in English. A major part of background research (hardly available to an
English-speaking reader) has been done by the authors and their colleagues in the
finest Russian research organizations.

Authored by recognized Russian experts leading for decades in experimental and
theoretical research in this field, the book is addressed to all readers involved in
production and operation of multi-hull ships, including designers, naval architects and
marine engineers, university professors and graduates, planning and ship operating
managers. It is a "must-have" for technical libraries, rule developing organizations,
design offices and shipyards, universities, and consulting experts.

Chapter 1. Variety of forms with historical notes, classification, and ranges of principal
Chapter 2. General arrangement and hydrostatics (volume capacity, initial and damage
stability and buoyancy).
Chapter 3. Performance in still water (major resistance components, simplified
mathematical models, impact on riverbanks or adjacent shores, towing resistance and
model series of catamarans, trimarans, SWATH with parametric variations,
super-critical speed shallow-water catamarans, new concepts).
Chapter 4. Seakeeping and performance in high seas (theory, calculations,
experiments, SWATH, enhancing the seakeeping, comparative evaluation).
Chapter 5. Controllability with detailed background data on course stability,
maneuverability, station keeping, and controlling ship's trim, heel, and draft during
Chapter 6. Structural strength (external loads, hull girder stress analysis, simplified
Chapter 7. Design algorithm, limitations, and new concepts including super-fast
wave-piercing trimarans as ferries, rescue and battle ships; semi-gliding SWATH as
seakeeping ferries, patrol, fast container carriers, motor yachts, and naval
helicopter-carriers; new forms of SWATH for transatlantic container-carriers, cruise
ships, and other specialized vessels. Brief notes on construction and docking.