The main objectives of this work are:

- To develop a simulation program of the behaviour of upwind sails and rigging, to help the crew to optimize the performance of the sailing yacht in real time. For this purpose, it will be necessary to formulate a fluid-structure interaction algorithm to compute the performance of a particular sail/rigging configuration. Since the crew dynamically trims the rigging and sails, in order to evaluate the performance of the actual configuration, a tool to monitor the rigging and sails will be necessary, too.

- To adjust a monitoring element to quantify in physic values the manoeuvre of the crew. This will be our monitoring tool.

- To reproduce the crew manoeuvre in the simulation program with the data obtained with the monitoring tool. Once the sail/rigging configuration has been adapted ‘in real time’ to the actual one, the performance of this new configuration can be computed. For this purpose the simulation program and the monitoring tool must communicate among them.

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Published on 01/11/17
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