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Virtual integration platform for computational fluid dynamics

Wang, Wenjuan and Duffy, A.H.B. and Whitfield, R.I. and Mohamed, K. and Prins, H. and Gatchell, S. (2009) Virtual integration platform for computational fluid dynamics. In: 14th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS '09), 2009-09-01 - 2009-09-03.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools used in shipbuilding industry involve multiple disciplines, such as resistance, manoeuvring, and cavitation. Traditionally, the analysis was performed separately and sequentially in each discipline, which often resulted in conflict and inconsistency of hydrodynamic prediction. In an effort to solve such problems for future CFD computations, a Virtual Integration Platform (VIP) has been developed in the University of Strathclyde within two EU FP6 projects - VIRTUE and SAFEDOR1. The VIP provides a holistic collaborative environment for designers with features such as Project/Process Management, Distributed Tools Integration, Global Optimisation, Version Management, and Knowledge Management. These features enhance collaboration among customers, ship design companies, shipyards, and consultancies not least because they bring together the best expertise and resources around the world. The platform has been tested in seven European ship design companies including consultancies. Its main functionalities along with advances are presented in this paper with two industrial applications.