Donald L. Blount

With over 100 technical and white papers published in some of the most prestigious boating magazines and, in many cases, presented at major conferences sponsored by organizations such as IBEX, SNAME, and RINA in the short 30 years since our founding. Our hope in this library is to release quality and relevant information to anyone wanting to learn about naval architecture and marine engineering.

Donald L. Blount

Founder, DLBA

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Propellers in a Cavitating Environment

Design Considerations for Propellers in a Cavitating Environment

Cavitation adds a dimension to propeller operation that necessitates rational design practice to approach a good balance of craft requirements. This paper discusses propeller characteristic format to reduce the computation time to make performance predictions and propeller selection for partially and fully cavitating conditions.

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Design of Propeller Tunnels for High-Speed Craft

Propellers recessed into tunnels are worthy of consideration as an alternative to propellers on inclined shafts or waterjet propulsors. The enhancements achieved by using a partial tunnel include reducing the shaft angle, decreasing navigational draft and allowing the propulsion machinery to move aft for an appropriate longitudinal center of gravity location and/or improved arrangements.

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transport efficiency

Effective use of the transport efficiency concept

This DLBA paper helps to apply the powerful tool of transport efficiency, expanding upon the information presented in the paper titled “Achievements with Advanced Craft”. Using this calculation technique, DLBA developed a tool that can quickly evaluate the performance of a specific boat, and accurately predict vessel performance based on minimal information.

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Dynamic Stability of planing boats

Dynamic Stability of Planing Boats

High-speed craft have been known to lose stability while underway even though they possess adequate static stability. Dynamic instabilities have been reported in roll, pitch , and yaw, and include porpoising, chine walking, loss in running trim (diving), bow steering, progressive heeling to port or starboard, or a combination of motions.

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Achievements with Advanced Craft

Progress in the performance of advanced craft and the merits of various limit forms differ with respect to the technological maturity of each concept. Full-scale, calm water trial data of speed and power for known displacement transport efficiency is used to compare the optimum performance of several hull forms such as planning, round bilge, stepped, catamaran and SES.

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Rudder Design for high speed graph

Rudder Design for High-Performance Boats

Whether steering a straight course or maneuvering, a boat operator must be in control of the boat’s direction. Outboards, outdrives, and some waterjets and surface drives generate steering forces by turning the propulsion unit.

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