Does the barnacle settlement pattern affect ship resistance and powering?

Dogancan Uzun, Refik Ozyurt, Yigit Kemal Demirel, Osman Turan

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Predictions of increases in ship frictional resistance and powering were made for a range of barnacle fouling conditions. A series of towing tests were conducted using flat plates systematically covered with 3D printed barnacle tiles. The tests were set up to investigate the effect of barnacle settlement on the resistance and effective power of the ship. Therefore, a chaotic settlement which is called natural settlement, was designed to represent real barnacle settlement in nature. An extensive comparison was made between this natural settlement and the settlement that was designed in accordance with the standards. The drag coefficients and roughness functions values were determined and full-scale ship resistance and powering were estimated for six different ships at their cruise speed by using boundary layer similarity law. In addition, decreases in cruising speed due to barnacle fouling at fixed effective power were estimated as part of the case studies. The results indicate that settlement pattern caused up to ~10.5% difference in frictional resistance and ~6.7% difference in powering at cruise speeds whereas this settlement pattern caused up to ~20.5% speed reduction at fixed effective power.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102020
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Ocean Research
Early online date9 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2020


  • barnacles
  • ship resistance
  • ship drag


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