Thrust Generation by a Hydrofoil Driven by Waves — A Basic Aspect of Wave Devouring Propulsion

  • H. Isshiki
  • M. Murakami
  • Y. Terao
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


A possibility of thrust generation through a utilization of wave power or Wave Devouring Propulsion (WDP) is discussed. Some inventions, observations and investigations related to the possibility have been reported [1–5]. The possibility may be applied not only to increase propulsive efficiency of a ship in waves but also to reduce mean and slowly varying components of wave drift force acting on a moored platform in waves. In the present paper, some experimental results on two basic models are reported. One is a two-dimensional model and the other a three-dimensional one. Some theoretical discussion is also given to the former.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Isshiki
    • 1
  • M. Murakami
    • 1
  • Y. Terao
    • 2
  1. 1.Technical Research InstituteHitachi Zosen CorporationOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Naval ArchitectureTokai UniversityShimizuJapan

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