Model experiments and numerical simulations on the surf-riding and broaching in following seas of a 42.5m long purse seiner are conducted. Firstly, the free running model experiments with various ship speeds and wave heights are performed in the towing tank to reproduce the phenomena of surf-riding and broaching. Then, the 6-DOF weakly nonlinear unified model is applied to simulate the motions of the purse seiner with the same cases as the model experiments. Through the comparison between results of model test and numerical simulation, the occurrence conditions of periodic motion, surf-riding and broaching are roughly determined. Finally, it is found that although it is difficult for the numerical simulations to get the same time histories as model tests, the modes of motion (periodic motion, surf-riding or broaching) obtained from the numerical simulations agree well qualitatively and quantitatively in part with the model test results.

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