Development of a basin for investigation of the seaworthiness of model seaplane hulls
The conversion of a round 85-ft diameter outdoor pond to a facility for testing model seaplanes and ships in oblique seas is described. Waves are created in the 40 by 65 ft. seaway by oscillating a 14-inch diameter cylinder in a vertical plane. A sloping gravel beach absorbs the waves after they have traversed the seaway. Diffraction of the wave train is prevented through the use of wave-guides. Wavelengths of 2.4, 4.6, and 9.4 ft. have been produced. Waves as steep as 1:11.5 have been produced. Some experimentation with model seaplane hulls has been completed. The variations of the model motions ...
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