The authors are recognized for their paper, “Extreme Motion Analysis and Simulation for Ship Design and Operations,” contained in the March 1998 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal. The paper is a significant and original contribution to the literature in the field of naval engineering. It provides a foundation for redefining the stability analyses that have been used by the Navy and Coast Guard for nearly 50 years, resulting in potentially more cost-effective and safer ship designs in the future.
Ship dynamic stability has historically been analyzed and assessed through the use of static approximations based in part on World War II experience. The advent of vastly improved computational methods together with the increased knowledge of ship motions achieved through the use of frequency and time-domain computer-based models as well as model tests and offshore experience has permitted a reevaluation of these methods. The authors have taken an important step in this process, and their paper presents their results in an interesting manner that provides great value to the entire spectrum of the naval engineering community, from students to experienced naval architects. Comprehensive theoretical analyses, model test results, and full-scale trials support their conclusions, and their results are presented clearly and concisely.
This paper most definitely advances the knowledge and practice of naval engineering and is in keeping with the highest standards of the Naval Engineers Journal. The authors are most deserving of the Society’s 1998 “Jimmie” Hamilton Award.