Assessment of Ship Roll Damping Through Full Scale and Model Scale Experiments and Semi-empirical Methods

  • Carl-Johan Söder
  • Anders RosénEmail author
  • Sofia Werner
  • Mikael Huss
  • Jakob Kuttenkeuler
Part of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (FMIA, volume 119)


This paper presents unique experimental set-ups in model scale and full scale for evaluating roll damping properties of a Panamax Pure Car and Truck Carrier at speed. The purpose of this study is to develop a method for the assessment of roll damping based on full scale trials and to validate the use of roll damping derived from model tests for full scale vessels. Experimental data are also used to assess a semi-empirical method that today provides input for the prediction of critical rolling events such as parametric rolling and severe rolling motions in general.


Roll damping Parametric roll Roll decay Ikeda’s method Full-scale Model-scale 



This research has been financially supported by the Swedish Mercantile Marine Foundation (Stiftelsen Sveriges Sjömanshus) and the Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket) which are both gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl-Johan Söder
    • 1
  • Anders Rosén
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sofia Werner
    • 3
  • Mikael Huss
    • 4
  • Jakob Kuttenkeuler
    • 2
  1. 1.Wallenius Marine AB/KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  3. 3.SSPA Sweden ABStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Wallenius Marine ABStockholmSweden

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