Reference Entry

prismatic coefficient

in The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea

Second edition

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199205684
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191727504
prismatic coefficient

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in naval architecture a measure of a hull's fineness. It compares the boat's actual displaced volume with that of a shape the length of the boat's waterline with a cross-section of the immersed midship section. A boat with a high prismatic is full ended and one with a low number is fine ended....

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Subjects: Maritime History

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