Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program



Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Major Professor

Dr. Brandon M. Taravella

Second Advisor

Dr. Lothar Birk

Third Advisor

Dr. Kazim Akyzulu


This thesis is an attempt to create a computer based tool that can be used academically and later industrially by naval architects in analysis and development of efficient planing hull forms. The work contained here is based on the theory created by Vorus (1996) which falls between empirical asymptotic solutions and intractable non-linear boundary value problem in the time-domain. The computer code developed predicts pressures on the bottom of high-speed planing craft during slamming events. The code is validated with available numerical data as a benchmark case. An aluminum wedge is dropped from various heights resulting in unsteady pressure distributions with high peak over the bottom plate. These pressure distributions are compared to the numerically predicted pressures by the code and presented in this thesis. The predicted flow velocities are within 8% difference of experimental data. The graphs depicts similar trends in experimental and numerical data. The predicted peak pressures deviate within 4% to 20% from experimental data. The analysis and comparison illustrate efficacy of the code.


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