The survival of the fittest – evolutionary tools for hydrodynamic design of ship hull form

Alexander Day, Lawrence Doctors

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Abstract

This study examines the application to hydrodynamic design of shop hull forms of new optimisation techniques and in particular the genetic algorithm, in conjunction with rapid and robust first-principles hydrodynamic analysis. Emphasis is placed on the choice of the optimisation technique, the modelling of the hull-form geometry, and the selection of the analysis methods; previous work is reviewed, and alternative options are evaluated. The application of the approach to practical design is illustrated through a case study examining the hydrodynamic design of a large fast catamaran ferry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-197
Number of pages15
JournalTransactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Volume142
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • evolutionary tools
  • hydrodynamic design
  • ship hull form

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