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Organisation :

The 18th International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies was organized by the Division Hydrodynamique Navale (DHN) of the Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides (LMF) of Ecole Centrale de Nantes (FRANCE),  from 6th April to 9th April 2003. The Workshop was held at "Port aux Rocs" resort in Le Croisic. 



The proceedings of the IWWWFB are a permanent feature of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects website (www.rina.org.uk), along with the following preface.

The International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies is an annual meeting of engineers and scientists with special interests in water waves, and the effects of waves on floating or submerged vessels.

The Workshop was organized initially by Prof. D.V. Evans, (University of Bristol) and Prof. J. N. Newman (MIT), following informal ad hoc meetings between their research groups in 1984. Initially intended to promote communications between workers in the UK and USA, the interest and participation quickly spread to include other countries. Particular emphasis is given in the organization and conduct of the Workshop to participation by young researchers including post-graduates; inter-disciplinary discussion amongst engineers and scientists; and presentation of preliminary work before it is published elsewhere. Attendance is restricted to the authors of submitted abstracts, which are judged for acceptance by a small committee. 

The Proceedings for each Workshop includes an extended abstract of each presentation, and recorded discussions. Starting with the 2001 Workshop, these Proceedings are available online through the cooperation of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

The 18th IWWWFB organizing committee wishes to thank delegates for all 54 abstract submissions. Our sincerest apologies for not being able to include them all. A printed volume of selected abstract was distributed to the participants. The final proceedings are available only through the present CD-Rom distribution and will not be printed. A global .pdf file is available for this purpose. The discussions have been attached at the end of each abstract.


Sponsors of 2003 Workshop in Le Croisic:

  • Office of Naval Research International Field Office

  • Région Pays de la Loire

  • Conseil Général de Loire Atlantique

  • Air France

The organizing committee cordially appreciate their financial support.

We want to acknowledge the technical support of the LMF/DHN staff , with special thanks to Anne Lagatu and Sonia Lambert for their patience and efficiency


A.H Clément              &             P. Ferrant

Chair                                          co-Chair