Developing a Shared Vision for Naval Stability Assessment

  • Douglas PerraultEmail author
  • Steve Marshall
Part of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (FMIA, volume 119)


The design and operating philosophy for naval vessels is driven by necessity of strategic capability, including the capability to deploy at any time to any location. A key enabler for this capability is the hydrodynamic stability of the vessel. The Naval Stability Standards Working Group, in conjunction with the Co-operative Research Navies Dynamic Stability Project, have been working to develop a clear understanding of the limitations and range of applicability of stability criteria and methods of assessing dynamic stability. They have investigated the relationship between GZ and form parameters and the probability of capsize, and have performed studies into the nature of the control variables used and the collinearity of the ship specific assessment parameters. This work will lead to a set of rational criteria for the stability of naval frigates, with a future expansion of the methods to other types of naval platforms.



The work on modernizing and rationalizing naval stability standards has progressed through the dedicated efforts of many naval officers, naval stability authorities, scientists, and technical experts who have participated in or contributed to the work of the Co-operative Research Navies Dynamic Stability Project and the Naval Stability Standards Working Group. These men and women have often performed the work on their own time while keeping up a demanding regular workload. Though they are too many to name, the authors gratefully acknowledge the influence of their work and energy on this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Defence Research & Development Canada Atlantic Research CentreDartmouthCanada
  2. 2.Naval Authority GroupBristolUK

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