Efficiency Improvement of Workboats through Hull Form Optimization

This project will develop novel hull forms to significantly reduce fuel consumption, pollution, and operator impact of workboats. Hull designs will maintain large deck space and trap capacity needed for modern harvest and transportation vessels. The project will focus on hydrodynamic optimization and evaluation testing. The ultimate goal of the research project is to build and test a full scale prototype of an optimized trimaran design. A 1/8 scale models will enable evaluation of sidehull locations and five stern shapes to be varied as part of a hydrodynamic study. Calm water resistance tests will to compare the potential for power reductions in the 10 to 20 knot speed range. Larger, 1/5.5 scale, models will also be considered. The project could have significant long-term impacts on the sustainability of the Maine lobster fishing fleet, as well as facilitating reductions in overall emissions from port industries.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $20000
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC43

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Maine Maritime Academy

    Pleasant Street
    Castine, Maine  United States  04420
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kimball, Richard

  • Start Date: 20170430
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190331
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01703402
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC43
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 29 2019 10:52PM