3453. Modernizing Inclining Experiment Tools and Methods


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David Tellet: 3453. Modernizing Inclining Experiment Tools and Methods. 2008.



The purpose of this paper is to propose new, more modern tools and methods for performing an inclining experiment on ships and submarines. The paper describes the process of an inclining experiment and the current tools and methods used. New tools are proposed and described for the weight survey and inventory of load items, determining the density of liquid load items, and measuring the density of the water in which the ship is floating. Reading draft marks and weighing inclining weights is discussed briefly. The move to electronic range finders and inclinometers is discussed and examples of each are shown. A discussion of error analysis follows; this is missing in the current inclining experiment reports and requirements. Finally a common inclining experiment computer application is discussed and an information display mockup shown.


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