Optimizing Designs in Marine Applications

Test, Simulate, and Optimize Your Designs with Cloud-Based CAE

SimScale is a 100% cloud-based CAE software for marine and shipbuilding that lets you test, validate, and optimize your designs through CFD, FEA, and thermal analysis.



Being an integral part of the design process, from concept to product release and certifications, Computer-Aided Engineering is an indispensable tool in the Marine industry. Industrial applications are highly demanding in single-phase as well as multi-phase CFD techniques. Several rapid simulation techniques have been developed, specifically to enhance the integration and performance of CFD and FEA tools in the marine industry. At SimScale, we are highly engaged in providing a powerful cloud-based simulation tool with in-house expertise in ship design. SimScale’s cloud-based tools are recurrently applied to solve problems in the domains of computational fluid dynamics, structural, conjugate heat transfer, and thermal simulations.
Predicting Ship Hull Resistance with cfd simulation

Predicting Ship Hull Resistance

The ship hull resistance is the primary factor influencing fuel efficiency in ships. The shape optimization of the hull to predict and reduce resistance is hence indispensable in the shipbuilding process. SimScale provides a 100% cloud-based simulation platform to help with this process. The KCS ship hull, widely used as a benchmark in the shipbuilding industry, has been successfully simulated with SimScale’s CFD solution.

6DoF motion in boat design simulation

6D0F Motion Simulation

Quantifying the resistance on floating marine systems calls for capabilities to simulate the motion being induced by waves on the free surface of the fluid. SimScale’s 6DoF solution integrated with the multiphase capability enables users to simulate and predict fluid surface-dependent rigid body motion of their designs.

 predicting ship propeller performance with cfd analysis

Predicting Ship Propeller Performance

The propulsive efficiency of ship propellers can be significantly enhanced with CFD. With SimScale’s cloud-based CFD tool, the propeller performance can be quantified and improved, end-to-end, in the web browser. Furthermore, SimScale also provides a rich database for turbomachinery simulation projects with state-of-the-art models which can be used as direct reference templates for ship propeller analysis.

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Virtual Prototyping in boat design and shipbuilding

Virtual Prototyping and New Design Validation

CAE enables you to predict and optimize the performance of a new ship. Several design iterations can be rapidly verified and compared via virtual prototyping and simulation. With SimScale’s workflow, you have an end-to-end process, everything happening in the web browser.

Submarine Pipelines piping design with cfd analysis

Submarine Pipelines

Submarine pipelines, often connecting two continents for oil or water supply, are highly reliant on fluid and structural simulations to alleviate points of failure. With SimScale’s FEA and CFD capabilities, high fidelity simulation results can be directly implemented into the early design as well as in-operation maintenance processes

elastomeric bearing pad for bridge design

Elastomeric Bearing in Bridge Design

The bearing loads on a bridge are crucial to their structural integrity. With SimScale’s nonlinear FEA capability, the loads can be accurately quantified.

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elastomeric bearing pad for bridge design and Bridge Safety

Increasing Bridge Safety with SimScale

Optimizing an Elastomeric Bearing Pad with Simulation

Because bridge elastomeric pads are crucial to safe and cost-effective bridge design, they are extensively prototyped and tested before they are used in production. In this project, a nonlinear static analysis of a bearing pad was performed and the results used for its design optimization.

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Ben Lewis

I loved the fact that I could do what I need to do in a browser. I started working without installing any software. Using any computer I could upload the model and start the analysis. That was the big “wow” moment.

Ben LewisPresident at Custom Machines