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The survival of the fittest – evolutionary tools for hydrodynamic design of ship hull form

Day, Alexander and Doctors, Lawrence (2000) The survival of the fittest – evolutionary tools for hydrodynamic design of ship hull form. Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, 142 (C). pp. 182-197. ISSN 0035-8967

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This study examines the application to hydrodynamic design of shop hull forms of new optimisation techniques and in particular the genetic algorithm, in conjunction with rapid and robust first-principles hydrodynamic analysis. Emphasis is placed on the choice of the optimisation technique, the modelling of the hull-form geometry, and the selection of the analysis methods; previous work is reviewed, and alternative options are evaluated. The application of the approach to practical design is illustrated through a case study examining the hydrodynamic design of a large fast catamaran ferry.