Side wall effects on ship model testing in a towing tank

Zhi-Ming Yuan, Xinshu Zhang, Chun-Yan Ji, Laibing Jia, Huaming Wang, Atilla Incecik

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Due to the existence of the side walls in a towing tank, the measured hydrodynamic forces would present some discrepancies compared to the open sea results. This phenomenon is referred to as the side wall effect. The objective of the present study is to investigate the side wall effects on ship model testing in a towing tank. The method used in the present study involves a 3D panel method based on the Rankine type Green function. Both the steady and unsteady problems were investigated numerically. The numerical results were validated against ship model test results. After the validations, a large scale computations were performed to investigate the parameters which could determine the side wall effects. Two diagrams of side wall effects (one in calm water and the other one in waves), were obtained which showed whether the side wall effect was less than the permissible error to be included in the measured values.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-457
Number of pages11
JournalOcean Engineering
Early online date5 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • side wall effects
  • Rankine source method
  • ship model testing
  • shallow water
  • forward speed


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