The 12th International Conference on Hydrodynamics
18 – 23 september 2016, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands
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Session: Ship hydromechanics resistance I
Room: Room 1
Session start: 10:30 Mon 19 Sep 2016

Nico van der Kolk
Affifliation: TU Delft

J.A. Keuning
Affifliation: TU Delft

R.H.M. Huijsmans

Topics: - Ship hydrodynamics resistance, propulsion, powering, seakeeping, manoeuvrability, slamming, sloshing, impact, green water


Wind energy as an auxiliary form of propulsion for commercial ships has again become of great interest as a possible response to volatile fuel prices and increasingly stringent environmental regulations. A well-founded performance prediction tool is a key prerequisite for the further development of this promising technology, and with the support of the European Commission and others, a group of researchers at Delft University of Technology is developing a performance prediction program for these hybrid ships. Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) packages will be one of the primary tools used during the study. The advent of the numerical towing tank brings possibilities but also new challenges. The predominance of large, separated flow structures in the wake of the sailing ship, and the particular interest in the transverse force component points to a conscientious grid verification and validation study. Here, it is sufficient to achieve parity for absolute uncertainty within the larger context of the project. The ‘drift sweep’ procedure is presented with validation levels alongside computational time to demonstrate the utility of this approach in support of the derivation of empirical formulations using systemic hull form variations. Finally, a moving mesh for the rudder may be implemented in an extended drift/rudder sweep. However for this case there is no validation data presently available.