Recent test campaigns in unsteady conditions
In 2018, a fully foiling, self-propelled craft was tested in MARIN’s Seakeeping and Manoeuvring Basin. In Figure an overview of the setup and model sailing in waves is presented. The test campaign was aimed at highlighting the feasibility of foiling solutions for heavier cargoes and to gain an understanding of the implications of the control system choices. The project also highlighted the importance of a more focused study to better understand the foil dynamics in unsteady conditions such as a foil operating in a seaway with the occurrence of cavitation; where current calculations tools have limitations but they are still very relevant from a safety point of view.