This research focuses on identifying the most important stern shape aspects, with regard to resistance and propulsion power, of inland ships. Such information should help designers to determine which hull form aspect to adjust in case design requirements need them to do so. The information is obtained by firstly conducting a large series of CFD calculations, using the PARNASSOS code, for systematically varied inland ships. Next, response surface technologies are used to identify the most important aspects. This is done by sequentially adding and/or removing parameters from the response surface in order to find the combination of parameters that explains the majority of the variance in the performance data for the tested hull forms. Finally, an optimization algorithm is used to determine the optimal hull forms for varying displacement, showing which parameters should be adjusted preferably in order to increase (or decrease) ship displacement. This, specifically, should aid designers in making the trade-off between displacement (or cargo capacity) and energy consumption.
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