C. Yang, R. Lohner, O. Soto
A simple CFD tool, coupled to a discrete surface representation and a gradient-based optimization procedure, is applied to the design of optimal hull forms and optimal arrangement of hulls for a wave cancellation multihull ship. The CFD tool, which is used to estimate the wave drag, is based on the zeroth-order slender ship approximation. The hull surface is represented by a triangulation, and almost every grid point on the surface can be used as a design variable. A smooth surface is obtained via a simplified pseudo-shell problem. The optimal design process consists of two steps. The optimal center and outer hull forms are determined independently in the first step, where each hull keeps the same displacement as the original design while the wave drag is minimized. The optimal outer-hull arrangement is determined in the second step for the optimal center and outer hull forms obtained in the first step. Results indicate that the new design can achieve a large wave drag reduction in comparison to the original design configuration.
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Published on 01/01/2001
DOI: 10.1016/B978-008043950-1/50006-5Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license
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