Series 58 Generator 2nd Edition v0.6 now available

Gertler Series 58 Generator v0.6

Gertler Series 58 Generator v0.6

It’s been a one year since the first version of the Series 58 Generator and I am happy to release the second version of it today. Besides having a completely updated UI the new Version fixes some bugs and adds a couple new features.  You can now change the number of points used for the calculation, can change the separator characters for the clipboard format between TABs and semicolons.  As output there is now the CB – centre of Bouyancy and the polynomial coefficients a1 to a6. You can download it below.

Airshipworld Profile Generator Version 0.6
(AirshipworldProfileGenerator-v0.6.jar) 14,2Kb

You need Java 5 to run the generator either by double clicking the jar or run it from the command line via “java -jar AirshipworldProfileGenerator-v0.6.jar”

4 Responses to “Series 58 Generator 2nd Edition v0.6 now available”

  1. Johannes Eissing says:

    Hi Andreas,
    thank you again for this improved tool. I would like to add the text below as a basic description and “help file”.
    Best Regards, Johannes

    Airshipworld Gertler Series 58 Generator – Version 0.6 (27.03.2009)
    (c) A. Grunewald & J. Eissing
    Helpfile by Johannes Eißing, 18.08.2009


    The Series 58 hullforms were developed by Morton Gertler and Louis Landweber for the David Taylor Model Basin DTMB in 1950 [1], [2]. These shapes are described by five parameters such as slenderness ratio, prismatic coefficient, location of maximum thickness, bow- and sternradius. The series 58 shapes are well covered in literature because of their parametrics and reproducibility. Their value for research and development is comparable to the well known NACA four- and five digit profiles.

    User Interface

    – Render Profile
    pretty much self explaining, klicking this button updates the plot window.

    – Copy Values to Clipbord with TAB/semicolon
    Points shown in the plot window are copied th the clipbord as x/y point coordinates. Only the coordinates for the upper shape are exported to the clipbord. The number of Points “n” is set in the dialogue box “Input Parameters”, see below. Coordinates are given nondimensionally, referred to the length of the body. Points are allocated in a full cosine distribution. The delimiting character can be chosen as TAB or semicolon. Chosing the TAB Character facilitates import to e.g. EXCEL by CNTRL+V

    – Calculated Parameters:
    – Cs
    Surface Coefficient as introduced by Gertler [1]
    Cs = Swet/(L*pi*D) where
    Swet = wetted surface area,
    L = Length of the body
    pi is the ratio of perimeter to diameter of a circle with approximately 3.1416
    D is the diameter of the body.
    Reversely, wetted surface area is computed by
    Swet = Cs*L*pi*D
    Cs is calculated numerically, meaning it’s accuracy increases with the
    number of points n (see Input Parameters). Already with 20 points the
    error is less than 0.5%, with 50 points about 0.05%.

    – CB
    Centre of buoyancy. This is the volumetric center of the body referred to the body’s length.

    – a1 to a6
    are the computed polynomial coefficients for the shape function
    y(x) is the local radius (ordinate)
    x is the abscissa
    D is the maximum diameter
    L is the length of the body.

    – Input Parameters
    – n – Number of steps
    Here, the number of points to be computed for the shape can be set. For standard use, 20 to 50 points will do.

    – m – Point of maximum thickness
    This is the position of the maximum section, referred to body length. A typical value is 0.40.

    – r0 – Dimensionless bow radius
    Bow and stern radii are nondimensionalized by the following relationship:
    r = R*L/D^2=(R/D)*(L/D) where
    r is the nondimensional radius
    R is the dimensional radius
    L is the Length and
    D is the diameter of the body.
    A typical value for the bow radius is 0.5, being the bow radius of any prolate spheroid. A pointed bow would show a value of 0.0.

    – rl – Dimensionless stern radius
    See above r0. A typical value for a tail radius is 0.1. A pointed tail would show a value of 0.0.

    – Cp – Prismatic coefficient
    The overall prismatic coefficient is a measure of how good a slender body fits an enveloping prism, built from the maximum crossection extruded for the length of the body. In case of a body of revolution, this prism is a cylinder. An arbitrary ellipsoid shows a prismatic coefficient of 2/3. Typical values for airships and submersibles are in the range of 0.60 to 0.70.

    – L2D -Length to Diameter ratio
    This is the slenderness ratio of the body, typical values being in the range between four and ten. A typical value for airships is five.

    [1] “Resistance Experiments on a Systematic Series of Streamlined Bodies of Revolution – For Application to the Design of High-Speed Submarines”
    Gertler, Morton, APR 1950
    [2] “Mathematical Formulation of Bodies of Revolution”
    Landweber,L. ; Gertler,M., SEP 1950

  2. AndreasG says:

    Hello Johannes,
    great idea, I created a MANTIS Ticket for it here that way I wont forget it.
    I also want to invite everyone to contribute in Mantis with bug reports and feature requests. If anyone wants to help with the development please contact me.
    The bugtracker can be found at

  3. Erich says:

    i just had a sleepless night and thought about the Gertler-Shapes, got up and turned on the computer and tataaa

    thanks for this great tool 😉

  4. loop says:

    Next time include sources please =)

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