The measured drag characteristics of a variety of cable fairings are reviewed and compared with those of bare cables. The effect of cable inclination angle has been studied and an empirical rule developed for dealing with faired cables, the hydrodynamic properties of which are shown to depend significantly on the section shape of the fairing. Non-dimensional cable functions are tabulated for both bare and faired cable profiles and applied to show how the addition of fairings can improve the towing performance of a given system. Simple formulae are developed for calculating faired cable system properties and for assessing the effect of fish drag.
|Date of Award||1983|