Aero-Hydrodynamics and the Performance of Sailing Yachts: The Science Behind Sailboats and Their Design / Edition 1

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A groundbreaking introduction to how

sailboats behave, and a guide for predicting

the performance of a modern sailing yacht

Aero-hydrodynamics and the Performance of Sailing Yachts is the first major yacht design treatise to come along in

a decade. With its cutting-edge explanations of how

sails, keels, and rudders interact with their respective

fluids to make a boat sail--and of how to use that

knowledge to optimize a boat--this is a book that

every student of yacht design will want on his or

her shelf.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071629102
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/11/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 490,659
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fabio Fossati (Milan, Italy) studies the dynamic behavior of sailing yachts with particular emphasis on sail plans and hull appendages, and has been the head of wind tunnel testing of sailing yachts at Milan Polytechnic since 2004. He directed the testing for the PRADA Challenge America’s Cup team in 2003 and for the Luna Rossa team in 2007. He is a doctor of research in applied mechanics and a professor of applied mathematics. At the Milan Polytechnic he teaches fluid mechanics and boat design in a first-level Master’s course in naval architecture. He is also a keen sailor, and serves as research associate for the International Technical Committee of the Offshore Racing Congress.
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Table of Contents

1. The physical model of yacht motion
2. The hydrodynamics of a sailing boat
3. Shapes
4. More about the hydrodynamics of a sailing boat
5. Sailing yacht aerodynamics
6. Steady state dynamics of a sailing boat
7. More about sailing boat dynamics
8. Physical model testing
9. Performance Prediction
10. Notes on the use of numerical methods in yacht design
Appendix 1. Elements of fluid mechanics
Appendix 2. Elements of boat hydrostatics
Appendix 3. The IMS rating rule
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