A 3D water entry of a typical bow model of sea-river link ship is studied using both experimental measurements and numerical predictions. A large number of systematic experiments have been performed with different pitch angles. The slamming process is simulated through finite element method with LS-DYNA. The distribution and magnitude of slam induced loads is determined from experiments and is calculated. The effect of the pitch angle and impact velocity is discussed based on the comparison between the predicted results and the experiments values.

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