Automatic calculation-based optimisation procedures are becoming mainstream in practical ship design. Many (commercial) tools are available coupling optimizers with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes enabling automated ship optimisation. How to apply such tools effectively and reliably? Within this Joint industry Project (JIP) MARIN wants to answer that question by enabling the JIP partners to effectively apply new optimisation tools, speed up their ship design process and deliver better ships.
scope of work
The JIP consists of three work packages dealing with increasingly more complicated ship optimisation cases. The details of these cases (ship type, sailing conditions, objectives) will be determined with the JIP partners in the beginning of the JIP, typically with power as one of the objectives. The JIP partners are encouraged, but free, to take up the cases themselves. They can either use their own hydrodynamic, optimisation, and pre-/post processing tools or make use of the MARIN tools for e.g. geometry manipulation, data handling, and/or the link to an optimizer. MARIN will provide support how to use the tools by one-to-one contact and workshops. MARIN will apply the newly developed optimisation strategies and tools coming from their background research programme, which will be further improved where needed. To facilitate a proper comparison of the optimization results the partners will follow some pre-described optimisation steps (see work packages) under supervision of MARIN. The validation of the optimal design and optimisation method will be done by means of cross-validation with the results of all JIP partners.