The research project GAMMA aims at next-generation gas engines for maritime applications.
The research project HOLISHIP has been set up to provide a next generation ship design system for the European maritime industry.
The research project HYKOPS aims at improving the design and facilitating the data exchange of streamlined shapes such as propellers, rudders, ducts, energy-saving devices etc.
The research project PerSee aims at establishing new processes for the optimization of ships in moderate seas, considering the effects of waves on both hull forms and propellers, and at identifying safety requirements for ships in heavy seas. Operational scenarios as well as minimum speed and power requirements are considered.
The research and development project SKATE ‘Schiffs-Konzepte für die Anwendung innovativer Techniken zur Energieeinsparung’ (ship concepts for innovative energy saving devices), co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), aims at finding and optimizing energy saving appendages for inland waterway vessels.
The project aims at utilizing simulation-driven design for the refitting of ships in operation so as to improve their energy efficiency.
It aims at the development of simulation methods for the hydrodynamic form optimization of ships under propulsion. In particular, the optimizations shall consider a reduction of propulsive power, an alignment of propulsive flow and, consequently, a minimization of vibration-inducing force fluctuation on the blade.
OptiHULL outlines by its title what the project was about: optimal respectively optimized hull forms. That is, however, only half the truth. The R & D project had a broader scope: It focused on ship stern structures and on the definition of measures for the assessment of aftbody forms.
This research project aimed at developing and enhancing parametric methods for the design, analysis and optimization of turbomachinery with focus on axial flows. Within the R&D program, FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS developed methods for the parametric design of axial machinery like propellers, axial pumps, compressors and turbines on the basis of the CAESES.
The VIRTUE Integrated Project (‘Virtual tank utility in Europe’) thus aimed at developing new and improving existing software to produce a complete toolset for the provision of marine hydrodynamic services, i.e. a comprehensive simulation environment to complement real test basins for the investigation of ship behaviour at sea, both at full scale and in real sea conditions.
A joint research project of leading German maritime specialists, OptiSWATH was being finalized in 2008 after a run-time of three years. The R & D venture aimed at the development of a practical tool for the design of SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) ships with focus on the integration of established simulation codes and seakeeping analysis.