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TRIMIS

Functional design and optimisation of ship hull forms

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€4 941 519
EU Contribution
€2 698 780
Project Acronym
FANTASTIC
Transport mode
Waterborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

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To meet the competition from new shipbuilding nations more efficient ships have to be produced in shorter time. Today's ship design processes still follow a 'trial and error' methodology unsuitable for this market's growing demand. Considering this a critical limitation to shipyards' competitiveness, major players of the European shipbuilding community contributed their expertise so as to significantly improve their design approach.

Focusing on geometric modelling and hydrodynamic analysis as the two decisive components, a new 'functional design' process had to be introduced which would allow the efficient generation, systematic variation, effective flow analysis and rational evaluation of ship hull forms. Aiming at hull form optimisation at both the early and the refined design stage, innovative parametric modelling techniques have been developed, established numerical solution methods have been enhanced and existing optimisation procedures have been supplied. An open and modular system integrating all necessary tools has been implemented and applied in model basins and shipyards.

Objectives

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The proposed project aimed at contributing to two major objectives:

  • Improvement of the global quality of ships designed and built inEurope, with respect to the ships' transport mission (higher, speed, comfort, safety, etc.) and environmental impact (lower energy consumption, reduced risk of damages to the environment, etc.).
  • Increase of European shipbuilding competitiveness in order to successfully compete with ship production sites benefitting from low labour cost and currency devaluation.

This was accomplished through a tangible increase of design efficiency, through two main technical objectives:

  • Considerable decrease of the time required for early design, in order to to achieve the aim of one week ship design objective needed by shipyards to make competitive bids
  • Significantly improve refined shape optimisation based on the integration of parametric hull modelling techniques and advanced flow simulation methods within a new 'functional' design process.
Methodology

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The work consisted of developing, implementing and applying technologies that were prone to give European ship designers the necessary means to more easily produce and investigate a substantial number of design variants, to explore the feasible design space more effectively and to evaluate the design quality more efficiently. The project was made of five work packages - three of which were oriented toward the development of key technologies (WP1, WP2 and WP3), one toward specification and application (WP4) and one toward management and exploitation (WP5).

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission, Directorate-General for Research (DG Research)
Type of funding
Public (EU)

Results

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The FANTASTIC project has demonstrated the use of parametric hullform modelling based on various tools such as FRIENDSHIP or parametricNAPAintegrated into an automatic optimisation environment.

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani Spa
Address
Via Cipro 11, 16129 GENOVA, Italy
Partner Organisations
Organisation
International Centre For Numerical Methods In Engineering
Address
S/N,Gran Capitan s/n, Campus Norte UPC, Edificio C1, 08034 BARCELONA, Spain
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Sirehna
Address
1 rue de la Noë - BP 42105, 42105 NANTES, France
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola Ab
Address
41296 GOTHENBURG, Sweden
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
European Road Transport Telematics implementation Coordination Organisation (ERTICO) - Intelligent Transport Systems & Services Europe
Address
Avenue Louise 326, 1050 BRUSSELS, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Hamburgische Schiffbau - Versuchsanstalt Gmbh
Address
Bramfelder Str. 164, 22305 HAMBURG, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Sspa Maritime Consulting Ab
Address
Chalmers TvSrgata 10, 400 22 GOETEBORG, Sweden
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Mbh & Co Kg
Address
Batteriestrasse 52, 24939 Flensburg, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Address
17-19,Salzufer 17-19, 10587 BERLIN, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Foundation For Technical And Industrial Research At The Norwegian Institute Of Technology
Address
Forskningsveien 1, 0314 OSLO, Norway
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
The Italian Ship Research Centre
Address
Via Ippolito d'Aste 5, 16126 GENOVA, Italy
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Maritime Research Institute Netherlands
Address
Haagsteeg 2, 6700 AA WAGENINGEN, Netherlands
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Napa Ltd
Address
Munkkisaarenkatu 2, 322 HELSINKI, Finland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0

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