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Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Ship Design Process

Objective



Objectives and content

The European shipbuilding industry has a strong need to shorten the development cycles and improve its designs by integrating fluid dynamic calculations in the interactive hull design process. Instead of being a separate, off-line process carried out by highly specialised experts, Computational Fluid Dynamios (CFD) calculations are to become an integral part of the designers' day-to-day hull form modelling activities, thus saving important time in a most critical bottleneck process of the ship design. Simultaneously, the quality of the designs will be improved, thus reducing risks, saving energy and reducing the environmental impact of operating the ships.

The system to be developed will be based on state-of-the-art CFD codes and modelling tools and will form a multidisciplinary design optimisation system. This will be achieved through several tightly coupled developments:
- The robustness of leading-edge CFD codes will be increased to a level allowing ship designers to use She tools for a wide range of ship designs.
- Validity ranges of the CFD codes will be established, thus ensuring the quality of the results without involvement of CFD specialists in the calculation process.
- A design methodology will be developed including systematic strategies for hull variation and propulsion system configuration.
- Several geometry modelling tools will be integrated, allowing different strategies for hull form creation and variation.
- The system will be integrated in a modular plug-and-play architecture, allowing components to be added and exchanged. The component interfaces will be standard-based (e.g. STEP).

Only those developments directly supporting the industrial objectives within the project period will be carried out. Necessary basic research and developments pushing state-of-the-art are in parallel proposed to the IT-programme in an LTR project proposal, POSEIDON.

The consortium comprises three major shipyards (ODENSE, MEYER and Kvaerner Masa), together covering a product range representative for all major European yards, the world's leading independent hydrodynamic consultancy, model tank and CFD application company (MARIN), the provider of the world's most advanced CFD tools for hydrodynamic application (FLOWTECH), two universities specialising respectively in design methodology (TUB) and CFD development (CHALMERS) and finally two software companies, one being the world's leading supplier of ship design systems (KCS), the other specialising in integrated software solutions (MAERSK DATA).

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd
Address

5100 Odense C
Denmark

Participants (8)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB*
Sweden
Address
1,Hörsalsvägen 1
412 96 Göteborg
FLOWTECH INTERNATIONAL AB
Sweden
Address
6,Chalmers Tvargata 6
400 22 Goeteborg
Jos. L. Meyer GmbH & Co.
Germany
Address

26871 Papaenburg
KVAERNER MASA-YARDS INC.
Finland
Address
1,Telakkakatu 1
20101 Turku / Abo
Kockums Computer Systems AB
Sweden
Address
1,St. Varvsgatan 1 505 55
202 15 Malmoe
Maersk Data AS
Denmark
Address

5100 Odense
Maritime Research Institute Netherlands
Netherlands
Address
2,Haagsteeg
6708 PM Wageningen
Technische Universität Berlin
Germany
Address
17-19,Salzufer
10587 Berlin