Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has entered into a technical and commercial co-operation agreement with French hydrodynamic specialist HydrOcean. Under the agreement, HydrOcean will provide advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services to BV’s shipping and offshore clients, and Bureau Veritas will market HydrOcean’s specialist services worldwide.
Jean-Francois Segretain, Technical Director, Bureau Veritas, says, “HydrOcean’s CFD services save massive amounts of time for ship, offshore structure and marine energy systems designers. For example, hull forms can be optimised by evaluating hundreds of designs over a wide range of load conditions in only a few weeks, and produce ship fuel consumption savings up to 10 or 15 per cent.”
HydrOcean’s advanced numerical solutions can cost-effectively evaluate and optimize the performance of complex ship hull forms with appendages and propellers, offshore and marine energy units, accounting for non-linear and viscous effects, with a high degree of accuracy compared with model tests. These solutions are being co-developed with the Ecole Centrale Nantes fluid dynamic laboratory, one of the most advanced research teams in marine numerical simulation which provides HydrOcean with access to an unlimited number of licences used in parallel, thus drastically reducing project costs and time schedules.
“Working with HydrOcean’s powerful tools, ” says Segretain, “we are no longer limited to a small number of load conditions when optimising hull forms. New vessels can now be optimised for a complete operational profile, which means genuine energy-saving over the entire working cycle of a vessel.”
Erwan Jacquin, HydrOcean CEO, explains, “HydrOcean is very proud to be associated with Bureau Veritas, with whom we have already undertaken successful projects, providing huge benefits for Bureau Veritas clients. CFD simulation is now extremely accurate, and is being used increasingly in the marine and offshore industries.”
Segretain concludes, “HydrOcean saves costs, reduces design risks and improves vessel performance. We are very happy to add its services to the range of energy-saving measures we can provide to our clients.”
- HydrOcean is a leading specialist in numerical simulation for the marine industry. It offers design support in the shipbuilding, offshore, marine renewable energy and yacht industries, with the use of advanced numerical simulation tools capable of accurately simulating everything from the most simple to the most complex hydrodynamic phenomena. Its services reduce design risks and enable clients to save time in the design stage, reduce their research costs, and improve the performance of their products. HydrOcean specialises exclusively in ships, offshore units, marine energy and yachts to provide its clients with specific expertise and a unique knowledge which encompasses numerical simulation in the maritime field. www.hydrocean.eu
- Bureau Veritas is a world leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has 61, 000 employees in around 1, 330 offices and laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.