Numerical Modelling and Simulation of Ship Hull Geometries

  • Michael Hopfensitz
  • Juan C. Matutat
  • Karsten Urban
Conference paper
Part of the Mathematics in Industry book series (MATHINDUSTRY, volume 17)


We consider the numerical optimization of the geometry of ship hulls with the Voith–Schneider Propeller (VSP), an efficient propulsion and steering device. The presence of one or more VSP sets some requirements to the ship hull. We describe modeling, simulation and optimization of such geometries as a four step chain. First, we introduce a geometrical model of the ship hull plus attachment parts. Second, this model is transformed into a computational mesh which is used in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in the third step. The numerical optimization is the fourth part. Our method is fully automatic. We show some numerical results.


Computational Fluid Dynamics Numerical Optimization Mesh Generator Steering Device Ship Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Hopfensitz
    • 1
  • Juan C. Matutat
    • 1
  • Karsten Urban
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Numerical MathematicsUniversity of UlmUlmGermany

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