Model tests are required to investigate the behaviour of vessels in confined waters. Flanders Hydraulics Research therefore built a ‘towing tank for manoeuvres in shallow water ‘ in 1992- 1993 with cooperation from Ghent University.
The ship model is attached to the towing carriage through force gauges. The towing carriage forces the ship to sail a specific trajectory which creates forces on the ship model. A mathematical model of the forces acting on the ship is developed.
The mathematical model is used to simulate the manoeuvring behaviour of the ship in the ship manoeuvring simulator.