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Promising Hydrodynamic Improvements For Inland Vessels

AuthorsMeij, K.H. van der, Raven, H.C.
Conference/JournalEuropean Inland Waterway Navigation Conference, Budapest, Hungary
Date10 Sep 2014
In the EU project Move IT! and the Joint Industry Project SAVE, extensive CFD calculations have been performed for several existing inland vessels. The objective was to investigate possible retrofit options to improve the hydrodynamic performance, and to determine the potential reduction in fuel consumption. This paper presents the results of the CFD calculations performed for the vessels. Different bow shapes have been analysed and a detailed investigation was performed on the shape of the aftship, especially focussing on the tunnel design. Some of the improvements were very promising and provide an interesting basis for inland ship design in general.


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Karola van der Meij

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