Theory and Design of Air Cushion Craft

 
9780080972619: Theory and Design of Air Cushion Craft

This definitive text describes the theory and design both of Air Cushion Vehicles (ACV) and Surface Effect Ships (SES) It begins by introducing hovercraft types and their development and application throughout the world in the last three decades, before going on to discuss the theoretical aspects of ACV and SES craft covering their hovering performance, dynamic trim over calm water, resistance, stability, manoeuvrability, skirt configuration and analysis of forces acting on the skirts, ACV and SES seakeeping, and the methodology of scaling aerodynamic and hydrodynamic forces acting on the ACV/SES from model test data. The latter chapters describe a design methodology, including design criteria and standard methods for estimating craft performance, lift system design, skirt design, hull structure, propulsion systems and power unit selection. Much technical information, data, and references to further work on hovercraft and SES design is provided. The book will be a useful reference to engineers, technicians, teachers, students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) operators etc. who are involved in ACV/SES research, design, construction and operation.

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This is an advanced book on key technical aspects of air cushion craft, predominantly overcraft, but a term embracing other surface effect craft which employ an air cushion with air-retaining skirts reduced or absent. The book assumes the reader has general understanding of aero-and hydrodynamics, and take up the analysis where it becomes specific to this kind of vehicle. Detailed discussion of development from first prototype to state-of-the-art craft. Covers the use of air-cushion-craft in US, UK, China and Russia for military and commercial use.

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Deputy Chief Naval Architect of the Marine Design & Research Institute of China, China

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