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Virtue Integrated Platform: holistic support for distributed ship hydrodynamic design

Wu, Zichao and Duffy, Alex H.B. and Vassalos, Dracos and York, Philip and Whitfield, Ian (2007) Virtue Integrated Platform: holistic support for distributed ship hydrodynamic design. In: 16th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 07), 2007-08-28 - 2007-08-31.

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Ship hydrodynamic design today is often still done in a sequential approach. Tools used for the different aspects of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulation (e.g. wave resistance, cavitation, seakeeping, and manoeuvring), and even for the different levels of detail within a single aspect, are often poorly integrated. VIRTUE (the VIRtual Tank Utility in Europe) project has the objective to develop a platform that will enable various distributed CFD and design applications to be integrated so that they may operate in a unified and holistic manner. This paper presents an overview of the VIRTUE Integrated Platform (VIP), e.g. research background, objectives, current work, user requirements, system architecture, its implementation, evaluation, and current development and future work.