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VIRTUE: integrating CFD ship design

Duffy, Alex H.B. and Harries, Stefan and Marzi, Jochen and Petz, Christoph and Wu, Zichao and , DMEM, University of Strathclyde, UK and , FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS GmbH, Germany and , HSVA, Germany and , ZIB, Germany (2006) VIRTUE: integrating CFD ship design. In: 7th International Conference On Hydrodynamics, 2006-10-04 - 2006-10-06.

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Novel ship concepts, increasing size and speed, and strong competition in the global maritime market require that a ship's hydrodynamic performance be studied at the highest level of sophistication. All hydrodynamic aspects need to be considered so as to optimize trade-offs between resistance, propulsion (and cavitation), seakeeping or manoeuvring. VIRTUE takes a holistic approach to hydrodynamic design and focuses on integrating advanced CFD tools in a software platform that can control and launch multi-objective hydrodynamic design projects. In this paper current practice, future requirements and a potential software integration platform are presented. The necessity of parametric modelling as a means of effectively generating and efficiently varying geometry, and the added-value of advanced visualization, is discussed. An illustrating example is given as a test case, a container carrier investigation, and the requirements and a proposed architecture for the platform are outlined.