Hydrodynamics and hull form optimisation

Hydrodynamics and Hull Form Optimisation

Where wave drag is important we recommend free-surface simulations, using RANS based CFD with a volume-of-fluid (VOF) method to represent the air and water phases. 

We offer hull form evaluation and optimisation, by conducting CFD simulations at the desired speeds and comparing to our extensive database of towing tank results. Driven by the naval architect’s design requirements, our engineers can provide expertise in improving the lines throughout the optimisation cycle, using CFD to validate each step or design iteration. 

Outcomes of a typical hull form analysis and optimisation study include: 

  • Effective power and resistance, wave and viscous drag 
  • Dynamic behaviour (running trim, heave and wetted surface area) 
  • Wave pattern and elevation 
  • Surface flow lines and pressure distribution  
  • Prediction of appendage drag and hull/appendage interaction 
  • EEXI / EEDI calculations and assessment
  • Wake surveys and effect of propulsion on local flow via momentum disc modelling 
Aerodynamic Studies

Aerodynamic Studies

We offer an extensive aerodynamic analysis and performance prediction capability. Modelling capabilities include unsteady and twisted flow, as well as state-of-the-art prediction of turbulent behaviour (using Detached Eddy Simulation, or DES), allowing accurate evaluation of aerodynamic forces and flow-paths. 

Typical studies that can be conducted include: 

  • Aerodynamic efficiency of sails and wings 
  • Performance prediction in unsteady conditions 
  • Prediction of aerodynamic forces on superstructures, buildings and microclimate modelling 
  • Turbine performance prediction for thrust or energy production 
  • Renewable Energy Device optimisation 
  • Vortex Induced Vibrations (VIVs), flutter and galloping analysis 
  • Heli-deck environment studies 
CFD Combined with Experimental Methods 

CFD Combined with Experimental Methods 

We have the unique capability of offering both experimental and CFD analysis allowing us to provide an impartial assessment regarding the suitability of each method.

We excel in integrating these approaches when necessary, leveraging their respective strengths to optimise the design process. Processes such as PIV and LDA are used to enhance validation data gained from the experimental testing, ensuring comprehensive and accurate insights.

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