Ship resistance and propulsion are fundamental factors in the fuel efficiency of maritime transport. Modern computational techniques allow further improvements in that efficiency, by precisely predicting resistance and scale effects, computational optimisation for minimum resistance or power and by understanding and limiting propeller cavitation. The work of the 6th-Framework EU project VIRTUE has brought great progress on several fronts. Some highlights are discussed.
Auke van der Ploeg
Tom van Terwisga
Team leader Resistance and Propulsion