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Application of artificial neural networks in preliminary sailing yacht design

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Richard Birmingham, Professor Ehsan Mesbahi


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This paper describes the application of an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) in the first design steps of a sailing yacht. The network is successfully used to generate values for the main dimensions of a sailing yacht, satisfying given performance targets. By starting the design process with these accurate design parameters the iterative design process can be shortened dramatically. The network is also mapping the often non-linear functional relations between the design parameters and therefore gives the designer a better understanding of the system yacht. The training data for the ANN is produced by systematic variation of the main dimensions of a standardised yacht. © 2007: Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ernst G, Birmingham R, Mesbahi E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Part B: International Journal of Small Craft Technology

Year: 2007

Volume: 149

Issue: 1

Pages: 33-38

ISSN (print): 1740-0694

ISSN (electronic): 1740-0708

Publisher: Royal Institution of Naval Architects