Numerical and experimental study on hydrodynamic performance of ships advancing through different canals

Khaled Elsherbiny, Momchil Terziev, Tahsin Tezdogan, Atilla Incecik, Mohamed Kotb

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In international shipping, there are several waterways that are widely viewed as bottlenecks. Among these is the Suez Canal, where recent expansions have taken place. Although the Suez Canal has a high importance in international shipping, little research has been carried out in maximising the number of ships capable of traversing for a set period of time. The present study aims to examine hydrodynamic phenomena of ships advancing through the Suez Canal in the allowed speed range to determine the relative effects of the canal depth and /or width restrictions on the overall ship sailing performance. A rectangular canal is also included as a reference to gauge the effects of varying canal cross-section. The present study combines experimental, numerical, analytical and empirical methods for a holistic approach in calm water. As a case-study, the KCS hullform is adopted, and analysed experimentally, via Computational Fluid Dynamics, using the slender body theory, and empirical formulae. The results reveal strong coupling between the canal’s cross section and all examined parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106696
Number of pages17
JournalOcean Engineering
Early online date25 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • EFD
  • CFD
  • squat prediction
  • resistance prediction
  • Suez Canal
  • model-scale KCS


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