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Marine & Off-Shore

Customers’ demand for high quality, quick delivery of innovative solutions and reliable concepts is a challenge in todays Marine and Offshore sector. As well, safety and environmental issues are driving the application of improved simulation technology within the industry.

Multidisciplinary optimization studies performed with modeFRONTIER lead to improved ship and platform design with better stress distribution, stability and hydrodynamics. modeFRONTIER supports the marine industry by enhancing performance of safer, more resistant and less expensive vessels, ship components and offshore platforms. 

Applications of modeFRONTIER
in the Marine & Off-shore field

From sail shape to offshore platform sizing optimization, modeFRONTIER has been applied to:

  • marine propellers
  • hull hydrodynamics
  • rudder and bulb optimization
  • ship stabilizing fins
  • offshore platforms and structures
  • submarines
  • sailing yachts
  • riser systems

Few examples:


modeFRONTIER genetic algorithms enabled the designer to obtain a new propeller geometry able to reduce back cavitation and face cavitation, keeping constant the numerically computed delivered thrust in both working conditions. Experimental results confirm the numerical predictions, attesting the capability of the method to assess propeller functioning characteristics.

This presentation from Petrobras presents a collection of cases where modeFRONTIER was used to automate and validate CFD simulations against experimental data and to guide solutions for practical problems. Several headings were automatically simulated and evaluated against experimental data using modeFRONTIER.

modeFRONTIER genetic algorithms were used to define the best possible configuration of an America's Cup class yacht bulb, considering two different objectives and integrating multiple simulation tools, in order to obtain the minimum drag and the lowest center of gravity.

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