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Paper Title: Dynamic Stability of Foilborne Hydrofoil/SWATH with Anhedral Foil Configuration



S Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
S Brizzolara, Virginia Tech, USA


The hybrid hydrofoil/SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) designed and patented by Stefano Brizzolara, is a novel vehicle that is optimized to operate in both a high-speed foilborne mode and a displacement mode. The deployable hydrofoils on the vehicle take on a unique four surface piercing anhedral foil configuration. This foilborne design had previously undergone only preliminary assessment of stability characteristics. A six degree of freedom model of the foilborne vehicle dynamics is introduced as a framework to study vehicle stability and maneuvering. Stability criteria derived from multiple linearized models of the vehicle dynamics are compared to the six degree of freedom results in both the vertical and horizontal planes. Foil configuration design criteria are developed for pitch equilibrium, pitch stability, and directional stability.


Transactions RINA, Vol 159, Part B2, International Journal of Small Craft Technology, Jul-Dec 2017 

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DOI No: 10.3940/rina.ijsct.2017.b2.202

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