Online CFD ship analysis premiered by Van Oossanen


Van Oossanen now premieres an online service for ship hull analysis. This online tool enables naval architects, ship owners, yards and students to analyse the performance of a ship’s hull with high quality validated software, and receive a detailed test report by e-mail within a few days.  This development is an important step in the development and appliance of ship simulation software.

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Van Oossanen is a leader and innovator within naval architecture, and a specialist in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis for ship performance. 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 in detail. Compared to towing tank tests CFD is just as accurate and often more cost effective, especially in the early design stages. In addition, CFD provides an almost unlimited amount of data flow details.

Van Oossanen’s goals are to offer easy access to their high quality optimised and validated software, as well as to stimulate awareness on hull efficiency within the maritime field. Managing director Niels Moerke, comments:

We understand the necessity to have available tools to analyse hull designs in the early stagse of a project. CFD is a very powerful but complicated and expensive tool, and with our webshop we make these simulations available for a very broad audience. As an ongoing process, we continually validate, tune and develop the CFD code to guarantee exceptionally high quality and trustworthy results.”

To kick-off the webshop, Van Oossanen has activated the option to ‘run’ a single surface bare hull via The company aims to enable the online analysis of multi-surface geometries, and to open the opportunity to add appendages and regular wave simulations as well.

Investing over 20 per cent of their time in Research and Development, Van Oossanen began working on the online ship analysis tool back in 2015. The tool was introduced to the Netherlands maritime market at the end of 2016, and has now premiered worldwide via

Online hull analysis
A key benefit is the easy-access mode; all the user requires is basic ship data and a geometry that can be uploaded at any location and at any time, the high quality validated software, and the limited delivery time of a 3D report. A history of reports can be privately and securely stored in iCloud, which makes this type of service safe and protected.

At this moment in time, the system is only capable of bare hull analysis, however, further types of ship analysis compatible with the online service are in the development stage.