Fluid Dynamics

Making the invisible visible

If you are in the process of designing, building or refitting a vessel, Van Oossanen Fluid Dynamics can analyze and improve the hydrodynamic performance of your ship using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Direct benefits are fuel economy, crew or passenger comfort by reduced accelerations, wind hinder or green water effects, and an increased speed: more Blue Efficiency.

CFD is most easily described as a virtual towing tank. With state-of-the-art hardware and software, the flow around the ship is simulated with great accuracy and visualized in detail. The software we use (FINE/Marine) is specifically developed for the marine environment. Our in-developers further complement this package with quality controls, optimization algorithms and client-specific requests.

Compared to towing tank tests CFD is just as accurate and often more cost effective, especially in the early design stages. Besides, CFD provides an almost unlimited amount of data flow details. This information can be used to improve the hull form, align appendages or as input for propeller design.

Next to our broad spectrum optimization services, we are frequently asked for custom advice. Independent, with a personal and flexible approach, and with over 25 years of experience, we are capable of delivering reliable results within a limited timeframe.

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