Close cooperation in China

MARIN has had a long cooperation with the Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC) on the hydrodynamic design of merchant vessels.

In recent years several successful container vessel designs were made with the main focus concentrating on reducing fuel consumption. Multi-objective optimisations were done for a range of draughts and speeds, to achieve the lowest fuel consumption for the operational profile. By using
dedicated CFD tools, systematic hull form variations and smart algorithms, the optimal hull form can be found for each ship operator.

Another challenge given the increasing size of container vessels is the hydrostructural design of the vessel. For a 21,000 TEU container vessel, recently designed by MARIC, model tests in waves were carried out with a flexible ship model. A highly advanced, segmented ship model with a backbone was designed and manufactured in order to accurately model and measure the vertical and
horizontal bending responses of the vessel. The results of these tests help to better understand the forces acting on the hull and to optimise the structural design of future vessels.

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January 25, 2019
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