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Henk Prins

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Introduction

Henk Prins studied Applied Mathematics at Delft University of Technology. He then focused on numerical modelling of ship motions in waves completing a PhD in 1995. He moved to MARIN where he become involved in software development of both numerical tools and user interfaces. He managed the software development department for 6 years while managing large projects on fullmission bridge simulators and on design tools. Since 2007 he manages the RD department of MARIN. This department is mainly focusing on advanced numerical tools and their validation with experiments. Henk is heavily involved in European research projects and has lead two large projects on ship propulsion. He chaired the European research association Vessels for the Future bringing together all maritime stakeholders such as yards suppliers research institutes academia and class societies. In 2017 Vessels for the Future merged into the newly launched Waterborne Technology Platform that is defining a research agenda for the whole waterborne sector which includes inland and maritime transport blue growth and ports and logistics. Henk was the first chairman of this Waterborne TP association from 2017 until 2021. In that capacity he was instrumental in setting up the coProgrammed Partnership ZeroEmission Waterborne Transport within the framework of Horizon Europe. He is currently chairing the industrial research advisory group IRAG Ships Shipping within Waterborne TP. At national level he participated in setting up research roadmaps such as De Nationale Wetenschapsagenda. He has been members of the external review committee for all academic mathematics bachelor and master programmes in the Netherlands in 2019.

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Publications
Magazine
In-depth study of shallow water

13 Sep 2019

A number of studies have cast a new light on ship resistance in shallow water. While previously, tests in shallow-water basins were essentially ...
Magazine
Better Ships, blue Oceans!

15 Dec 2017

Reading time 9 minutes

The next few years are essential for the future of the maritime sector and MARIN. We are facing the challenge of clean (zero emission) transport ...
Paper
Green retrofitting through optimisation of hull-propulsion interaction - GRIP

18 Apr 2016

In the FP7 project GRIP, partners have extensively studied Energy Saving Devices which improve the propulsive efficiency of ships. This paper gives ...
Paper
Suppression Of underwater Noise Induced by Cavitation - SONIC

18 Apr 2016

In EU FP7 project SONIC, partners set out in October 2012 to study the underwater radiated noise of ships and shipping. The objectives of the ...
Magazine
MARIN invests in the future as CFD takes on more prominent role

21 Aug 2015

Reading time 6 minutes

To facilitate the use of reliable CFD in the design and engineering process, MARIN has invested in a new, large computer cluster, and is sharing its ...
Magazine
To R&D or not to R&D, that is a question?

1 Feb 2007

Reading time 6 minutes

Hydrodynamic research and development are both pillars of MARIN's foundations and they have been since the very beginning. In order to deliver the ...
Paper
Application of Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics in Yacht Design

16 Nov 1998

Nowadays, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods are frequently used in sailing yacht design. Mostly these are panel methods calculating the ...
Paper
Slowly varying wave drift forces in shallow water at forward speed

1 Jan 1998

The interaction between water waves and floating or submerged bodies is one of the important issues in fluid dynamics. In the past years many ...
Thesis
Time-Domain Calculations of Drift Forces and Moments

31 Mar 1995

When a ship is sailing on an ocean, it is exposed to several forces. These forces are due to wind, waves, current, and speed of the vessel. ...

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