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Ship maneuvering prediction based on virtual captive model test and system dynamics approaches


The maneuvering simulation is carried out through the continuous captive model test and the system dynamics approach. The mathematical maneuvering group (MMG) model is implemented in the virtual captive model tests by using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques. The oblique towing test (OTT), the circular motion test (CMT), the rudder force test and the open water test are performed to obtain the hydrodynamic derivatives of the hull, the rudder and the propeller, and the results are validated by experimental data. By designing the tests, the number of cases is reduced to a low level, to allow us to evaluate the maneuverability with a low cost and in a short time. Using these obtained coefficients, the system-based maneuvering simulations are conducted to calculate the position and the attitude of the ship, with results in agreement with the free running test results. This procedure can also be used for other hull forms, with reduced workload and with convenience for maneuvering simulation tasks.

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This work was supported by the Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation (Grant No. 2019A1515110863), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 3102020HHZY030004), the Natural Science Basic Research Program of Shanxi (Grant No. 2020JC-18) and the Shanxi Provincial Key Research and Development Program (Grant No. 2021KW-38).

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Correspondence to Hai-bao Hu.

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Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51979226, 52171324).

Biography: Peng Du (1989-), Male, Ph. D., Associate Professor

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Du, P., Cheng, L., Tang, Zj. et al. Ship maneuvering prediction based on virtual captive model test and system dynamics approaches. J Hydrodyn 34, 259–276 (2022).

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Key words

  • Maneuvering simulation
  • captive model test (CMT)
  • system dynamics
  • computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Hydrodynamic derivatives