Hydrodynamics: Transient Resistance, Propulsion, Sea-Keeping and Maneuvering Simulation

FEA & CFD Based Simulation Design Analysis Virtual prototyping MultiObjective Optimization

CFD analysis can optimize ship hull design, sail shape and propeller blades. Analysis predicts water free surface around the ship hull which helps to accomplish optimal hull shape with low hydrodynamic drag. CFD provides information to optimize sail shape and location for efficient and stable ship. CFD analysis can optimize propeller blade design for energy efficient ship and avoid cavitation on the blades. Enteknograte’s Engineering team provides analyses ranging from: ship keeping, slamming and sloshing, wave and wind loading on offshore and underwater structures, oil and pollutant dispersions and cavitation control to propulsion system optimization.

Marine Propulsion System Design: Combination of CFD & FEA for Detailed Fatigue, Strength and Vibration Analysis

Marine propulsion system designers rely on the combination of CFD and FEA software for fatigue, strength and vibration analysis. Proper propulsion system/components analyses during the design phase help avoid delays in delivery and damage problems in operation, thereby reducing expensive off-hire. Professional and reliable software is essential for the design of a robust system.

CFD Optimization of Hull Form Including Hydrodynamics considerations

The hullform of a ship is decisive for its energy consumption and efficiency in that a large part of the overall resistance is determined by form effects and the aft body shape influences the propulsive losses. The shape related aspects are traditionally the domain of a ship model basin. While in the past numerous physical ship models have been created and tested in a towing tank to find the optimal solution, this role has been taken over by CFD, numerical methods which allow analyzing the performance of a ship hull before the first model is built. Enteknograte Engineering team use advanced CFD and Optimization software such as Ansys Fluent, Siemens Star-ccm+ and MSC Cradle to compute hull resistance at different stages of a design.

Sea Carrier Drag Efficiency CFD FEA MSC Cradle Ansys Fluent siemens Star-ccm+

Wave-Making Resistance

Wave-making resistance is a form of drag that affects surface watercraft, such as boats and ships, and reflects the energy required to push the water out of the way of the hull. This energy goes into creating the wave. For small displacement hulls, such as sailboats or rowboats, wave-making resistance is the major source of the marine vessel drag. CFD analysis is used to lower ship hydrolic drag by optimizing ship body shape.

Enteknograte’s engineering team use a virtual Water Channel for free surface simulations. It can be used to analyze the flow around ship hulls and predict their resistance, seakeeping, loads on components, and the downstream wake of both surface and submerged watercraft. The adaptive refinement algorithm can also detect and refine dynamically and automatically the ship wake and the free-surface of the fluid.

We can simulate Rigid Body Dynamics behavior of moving parts, such as boat dynamics with six degrees of freedom. This simulations allow us to studt the effects of the change of the heave on the roll or yaw angle or the effect of an increasing inlet flow on the roll angle of a boat in transient simulation. It is also available to simulate moving parts with enforced behavior such as those required for boat maneuvers or carrier ships with real rotating propellers or modeled ones.

Enteknograte experienced engineering team use CFD software’s multiphase capabilities for hydrodynamic analysis on the submerged boat region and aerodynamic analysis on the wind exposed region to be performed at the same time. Moreover, co-simulation with FEA structural solvers, used to investigate sail deformation.

for studying seakeeping of boat hulls, predicting floating buoys behavior, or measuring the impact of the waves on off-shore structures such as oil platforms or bridge pillars, special purpose CFD and FEA based softwares used to simulate a wide range of sea conditions. also it is possible to simulate a porous volume to model the beach and study wave dissipation on the coast.

Propulsion Hydrodynamics simulation Marine ship CFD Msc Cradle Ansys Fluent Siemens Star-ccm+ 2

Coupling Hydrodynamic CFD Simulation in Ansys Fluent, Siemens Star-ccm+ and MSC Cradle with structural finite element analysis to Simulate most complicated industrial problem

Enteknograte has vast experience in the modelling of hydrodynamics using CFD simulation in a wide range of applications. The experienced CFD staff can offer an accurate and detailed analysis of the flow and be able to identify viable areas of improvement for implementation and design. This Simulation can be used to model:

  • Hydrodynamic Interaction between Bodies: shielding effects, Forward speed effects
  • Shielding effects of a pier adjacent to a ship, an important aspect in the design of breakwaters and how they affect mooring systems.
  • Design and analysis of mooring systems, including intermediate buoys and clump weights
  • Motions analysis of FPSOs (Floating production storage and offloading)
  • Calculation of shielding effects of ships and barriers
  • Multiple body interactions during LNG transfer
  • TLP tether analysis
  • Dropped object trajectory calculations
  • Concept design and analysis of wave and wind energy systems including multiphase condition including hydrodynamic effects
  • Simulation of lifting operations between floating vessels
  • Discharging landing craft from mother ships
  • Transportation of large offshore structures using barges/ships
  • Float over analyses
  • Motion analysis of spar vessels
  • Static and dynamic initial stability including the effects of mooring systems and other physical connections
  • Coupled Hydrodynamic CFD Simulation with structural finite element analysis to Simulate Transient structural behavior in irregular waves
  • Coupled cable dynamics in static and dynamic analysis to modeling of mooring system loading and response in deep waters.
  • Dynamic positioning system
  • Towing force provided by a tug
  • Damping system with unusual characteristics
  • Suction force between two ships close together, or between a ship and the sea bed
Marine ship CFD Msc Cradle Ansys Fluent Siemens Star-ccm+


We pride ourselves on empowering each client to overcome the challenges of their most demanding projects.

Enteknograte offers a Virtual Engineering approach with FEA tools such as MSC Softwrae(Simufact, Digimat, Nastran, MSC APEX, Actran Acoustic solver), ABAQUS, Ansys, and LS-Dyna, and CFD codes such as MSC Cradle, Ansys Fluent, Siemens StarCCM+ , special purpose software such as Maxsurf and “AVEVA Marine” in Boat, Yacht, Marine and Shipbuilding Industry, encompassing the accurate prediction of in-service loads, the performance evaluation, and the integrity assessment including the influence of manufacturing the components.

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