Innovative ship concepts and naval architecture

The development of ship systems for sustainability in the future  transport system calls for light weight structures, well-tuned to their role in the system. Ship system development and the transition towards  legislation based on functionality put new demands on knowledge and understanding of classical Naval Architecture topics, such as hull structural design and choice of construction material, stability, seakeeping and propulsion. Furthermore, system issues, such as the life cycle of the ship system and its impact on the complete transport system, society and the environment must be addressed concurrently.

Today, methods to technically assess and evaluate new concepts; e.g. unconventional hull shapes, designed in untried materials or equipped with novel propulsion systems, are limited. There is for instance a great need to improve methods to effectively predict erosive propeller cavitation, since propeller design is fundamental for optimisation of ship design and to being successfully achieve better performance.

A great potential exists to improve the entire efficiency of a ship by adopting a comprehensive view of ship design, where consideration is taken to operational profile, sea state and working conditions for the crew. Research is needed to generate concepts and evaluate concepts from a system perspective. Technical research is very important, although due to the system and sustainability aspect research and sharing of  informa-tion between disciplines is equally essential.

Important areas:

  • System modelling including how ship concepts impact the entire transport system; its efficiency, function and impact on the environment.

  • Ship design comprising expertise from both technology and the operator.

  • Control system and propulsion.

  • Stability and seaworthiness.

  • Lightweight materials, structures and production methods.