How to use advanced simulation tools for fast boat design

By Claire Cole

Simulation is a valuable tool for naval architects and ship designers. It can save time and money while quickly finding the best possible design variations. However, the leisure craft industry has been hesitant to adopt advanced simulation tools. Reasons for this include:

  • Thinking the technology is too expensive
  • The physics are too complicated
  • Not trusting the accuracy of results
  • Considering it a waste of resources
  • Thinking a simulation expert is needed
  • Thinking that simulations take too long to run
  • The belief that the technology won’t get used enough
  • Having too many other things to do

In reality, using advanced simulation tools allows you to design better boats and identify better designs in a shorter amount of time.

Taking an integrated design approach with CFD simulations

Running detailed computation fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of maneuvering and seakeeping allows you to increase your design accuracy. Advanced simulation tools can calculate performance characteristics like marine resistance calculations, speed prediction, and dynamic sink and trim calculations. They can also predict planing hull performance in different types of waves.

Numerous factors contribute to boat performance, so taking an integrated design approach that utilizes CFD simulations allows you to look at the combined effect of changes to the hull design, propulsion systems and engine performance. Advanced simulation tools facilitate this by automating design optimization based on defined requirements.

Better boat designs, fast

If you want to investigate a higher number of designs quickly to identify the best, most efficient options, you should be using simulation tools in your design workflow. Our on-demand webinar details what you need to know about using these tools and shows examples of them in action. Watch now to learn more.


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