Simulation project tackles carbon emissions

HHI tankerThe simulations allow in-depth evaluation of the impact of a range of energy saving options. Photo: HHI

ABS and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have completed a Joint Development Project (JDP) to build multi-physics simulations capable of analysing the carbon-footprint of vessels in the design stage.

The simulations allow in-depth evaluation of the impact of a range of energy saving options, offering a detailed preview of a vessel’s performance before key investment decisions are made.

“The modelling and simulation techniques that ABS and HHI are pioneering allow owners, designers and shipyards unprecedented insight into the impact of multiple decarbonisation strategies on a vessel’s performance at the earliest possible stage,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS senior vice president, global engineering and technology. “This approach unlocks benefits in operational efficiency, safety and investment decision making.”

Multi-physics model

The simulations connect to a broad range of inputs from many model types such as computational fluid dynamics models, wave resistance models, and data-validated engine performance models. A multi-physics model unlocks the ability to evaluate the performance impact from the design options and the operational measures.

Examples of technologies that can be evaluated in the modelling process include air lubrication systems, energy-saving devices, voyage speed profiles, and engine fuel options. The simulations can also reflect the impact of inputs from a range of data sources and optimisation tools allowing comprehensive analysis of the trade-off between different vessel configurations.

The JDP is the latest in a series of sustainability focused projects between HHI and ABS, following the LNG Bunkering Vessel Compatibility Study, which was delivered in June.

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