The research and development project “DeffProForm” aims at designing efficient ship propellers with unconventional form. Apart from the energy efficiency, which plays a crucial role in the design of propellers, focus is additionally set on the reduction of noise emissions. Unconventional new propeller designs may open up new possibilities for tackling these goals, thus reducing the energy consumption of ships.

Propeller Blade
Propeller Blade

In the scope of this research project, various aspects related to design methods for unconventional propellers will be elaborated, including:

  • Development of a parametric modeling approach for unconventional propeller designs with special tip geometry.
  • Enhancing the process integration and design optimization platform CAESES, further tailoring it for the fully-parametric design and optimization of efficient ship propellers.
  • Development of an application for stern design based little information, which allows a realistic wake field prediction in the early design stages for better propeller simulation assessment.
  • Creation of AI-based surrogate models to integrate the simulation result data into the design process of unconventional propeller forms.

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This research project is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on the orders of the German Bundestag.
(Gefördert durch die Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Zuwendungsgeber: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages).