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Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2020

11:30 am – 1:30 pm CT (webinar starts at 12:30 pm)

Norris Centers – Houston

816 Town & Country Blvd, Suite 210, Houston, TX 77024


CFD Applications in Marine and Offshore Engineering

With significant advancements in software engineering and the power of high performance computing, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technologies are increasingly applied in various industries from aerospace to automobile. In the marine and offshore industry, CFD technologies are becoming powerful design and assessment tools that provide high-fidelity simulations to accurately predict the hydrodynamic and aerodynamic performance of marine vessels and offshore platforms. They also create a simulation-based work environment that can greatly improve the efficiency. Nowadays, CFD has become an important tool that is complementary to sea trials and model basin testing.

In the past decade, ABS has been actively developing the CFD capabilities for marine and offshore engineering. Examples of established applications that have already passed the rigorous verification and validation process include:

  • Hull-form optimization for energy efficiency
  • Assessment of Energy Saving Device
  • Ship added resistance in waves for EEDI assessment
  • Propeller shaft forces prediction
  • Maneuverability assessment
  • Green water impact and slamming loads for marine vessels
  • Airgap prediction for offshore structures
  • Wind load estimation for floating offshore platforms
  • Drag load estimation for Jack-up leg chords
  • Simulation of drillship moonpool/FLNG turret moonpool
  • Gas dispersion

This briefing will provide an overview of CFD applications for marine and offshore engineering, example applications, current development projects, and vision of future implementations.

Meet Our Speakers

Zhirong Shen

Dr. Shen is Senior Engineer in Global Engineering and Technology at ABS, specializing in CFD research and development, CFD applications, software development, and high performance computing. He is responsible for the CFD software development and application to marine and offshore engineering. He is also working with industry partners through various joint industry projects and engineering service projects.

Dr. Shen obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.