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Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery

Energy-efficiency benchmark research project seeks participants

Fri 19 Oct 2018 by Ed Martin

Energy-efficiency benchmark research project seeks participants
The JRP will focus on cargo vessels to develop generic best practices and recommendations (credit: Bernard Spragg. NZ/flickr)

A joint research project (JRP) to develop an industry-recognised benchmark for ship energy efficiency solutions is calling for participants.

The main objective of the JRP is to gather a full set of ship performance data including model test results, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) calculations and ship scale measurements to build knowledge on the effects of propeller-hull interaction, which can be used to improve hull design along with efficient propellers and energy-saving devices (ESDs).

The JRP project manager Dr Dmitriy Ponkratov told MP ideal participants for the JRP include ship designers, shipyards, class societies, ESD designers, CFD developers and practitioners, shipowners, universities and research institutes.

The project has six partners: MARIN, Lloyd’s Register, Sintef Ocean, Miros, VAF instruments and CSSRC.

Dr Ponkratov explained that the JRP will focus on cargo vessels – “the more conventional the design the better” – to develop generic best practices and recommendations.

Along with the goal of increasing knowledge of propeller/hull interaction effects, the JRP has the following aims:

  • Develop a full set of industry-recognised benchmark cases for ship and model-scale validation of CFD computations.
  • Collect the results in a convenient and quickly accessible web-based format.
  • Increase confidence in ship-scale CFD and assess performance compared to traditional model testing.
  • Improve understanding of model tests correlation allowance coefficient Ca.
  • Prepare fully accessible data for further development of the ship digital twin concept.

The project is scheduled to start in April 2019 and be completed in April 2021, with participants able to join up to 31 December 2018. More information can be found on the JRP’s website.

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