Tank tests of flat and v-bottom planning surfaces

Shoemaker, James M
November 1934

Four planing surfaces, all having beams of 16 inches and lengths of 60 inches but varying in dead rise by 10 degrees increments from 0 degrees to 30 degrees, were tested in the N.A.C.A. tank. The results cover a wide range of speed, loads, and trim angles, and are applicable to a variety of problems encountered in the design of seaplanes. The data are analyzed to determine the characteristics of each surface at the trim angle giving minimum resistance for all the speed and loads tested. A planing coefficient intended to facilitate the application of the results to design work is developed and curves of resistance, wetted length, and center of pressure are plotted against this coefficient. Several examples, showing the application of the test data to specific design problems are included.

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