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Ship performance- using the real world as a laboratory

Lookup NU author(s): Serena Lim, Dr Serkan TurkmenORCiD, Dr Ali BakhshandehrostamiORCiD, Dr Federico Prini, Vita Kurniawati, Alessandro Carchen, Martin Gibson, Dr Simon Benson, Dr Kayvan Pazouki, Dr Alan J Murphy, Professor Bob Dow, Professor Richard Birmingham



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Royal Institute of Naval Architecture (RINA), 2018.

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Ship performance monitoring is increasingly necessary due to continued pressures to reduce environmental impacts and operational costs throughout ship and fleet lifecycles. It also has the potential to enhance the structural design and improve the crew’s safety. The current technology is enabling the development of highly robust monitoring platforms to continuously capture many diverse aspects of the ship and fleet activity in the ocean. The near future will see further enhancements of performance monitoring with the widespread advancement of sensor technology, data capture techniques, data filtering and cloud-based storage capacity. This must be coupled to further innovations in big data analysis to interpret and effectively exploit these real-world laboratory experiments. Conventional practice exploits design calculations, small-scale tests and numerical analyses to predict the full-scale ship performance. A body of diverse research activities at Newcastle University challenges this conventional approach by demonstrating the use of the real world as a laboratory. This paper discusses a multi-dimensional ship performance envelope which includes: on-board energy flow distribution; environmental impact and emissions; power and propulsion, structural response and the socio-economic aspects of ship operations.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lim S, Turkman S, Rostami AB, Prini F, Kurniawati V, Carchen A, Gibson M, Benson SD, Pazouki K, Murphy AJ, Dow RS, Birmingham R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Full Scale Ship Performance Conference

Year of Conference: 2018

Acceptance date: 03/10/2018

Date deposited: 12/11/2018

Publisher: Royal Institute of Naval Architecture (RINA)