SD5-HIS Joint Meeting, April 1, 2008
Design Approach and Trimaran Rational
Multihull (Trimaran) ships allow high slenderness of the hulls toreduce resistance at hump Froude numbers. Design goal is to find thebest compromise between increase of wetted surface, maximumpossible slenderness and resistance interference between the hulls.There is a flexibility in Trimaran configuration, which helps finding bestsolution.
Trimaran has substantially higher stowage capacity than equivalentmonohull. Trimaran is conducive to transport high area/volumeconsuming payloads: Light Army and USMC equipment, hellos,sustainment, troops. In commercial application – Trimaran is the bestconcept for carrying cargo on wheels, allowing enough spaces forinternal maneuvers at loading and offloading. Excessive deck area isuseful for aerial support.
For high speed and large sizes, Trimaran allows the propulsionpower to be split between hulls, thus reducing the limitation ofmaximum power installed in one narrow hull. With distributedpropulsion the flexibility for transit and loitering operations is addedand maneuvering efficiency increases.