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Hull Form Optimization for Early Stage Ship Design

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Shape optimization is a growing field of interest in many areas of academic research, marine design, and manufacturing. As part of the Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments Ships Hydromechanics Product, an effort is underway to develop a computational tool set and process framework that can aid the ship designer in making informed decisions regarding the influence of the planned hull shape on its hydrodynamic characteristics, even at the earliest stages where decisions can have significant cost implications. The major goal of this effort is to utilize the increasing experience gained in using these methods to assess shape optimization techniques and how they might impact design for current and future naval ships. Additionally, this effort is aimed at establishing an optimization framework within the bounds of a collaborative design environment that will result in improved performance and better understanding of preliminary ship designs at an early stage. The initial effort demonstrated here is aimed at ship resistance, and examples are shown for full ship and localized bow dome shaping related to the Joint High Speed Sealift hull concept.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2010

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  • The Naval Engineers Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.
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