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VIRTUE : integrating CFD ship design

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

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Abstract

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.