MSHIPCO Granted Vessel Model Testing Patent

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
FLOWT Platform: Photo courtesy of MSHIPCO

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted MSHIPCO a patent for its Rapid Empirical Innovation (REI®) process including model testing method, platform structure and data acquisition systems.

“Time and money are two of the biggest barriers to naval innovation,” explains Bill Burns, Co-Founder of MSHIPCO. “The REI® platform lowers the cost of discovery by giving naval architects a practical, low-cost tool to explore ship design concepts in real time and real world conditions.”

The platform allows designers to compare new and existing ship designs in both calm and rough water for important operational considerations such as:

  • Which design provides the best ROI (return on investment) for my maritime service?
  • How far & how fast can a new design go in different sea states?
  • What is the fuel efficiency at different speeds and payloads?
  • Will the passengers be comfortable at high speeds in rough water?

Multiple designs can be evaluated simultaneously on a self-powered "Fast, Low-cost, Open Water Testing" (FLOWT) platform that provides real-time force, trim and acceleration measurements to optimize performance and ride quality.
Key features of the program include:
1.    Two model testing capability for direct comparison and optimization 
2.    Rough water testing for ride quality and motions measurements 
3.    Highly accurate drag measurements for power, speed, payload and range studies 

4.    Ultrasonic wave measurements for added resistance and rough water analysis
5.    Advanced array of high-frequency accelerometers for mapping shock loads 
6.    Hull models accurately fabricated using N/C-milled rapid prototyping techniques

The accuracy of the FLOWT data has been validated through a rigorous Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Navy's David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB).

The REI® platform and services are available to naval architects and military planners.

mshipco.com/rei.html
 

Maritime Reporter September 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

ABB Celebrates 125th Anniversary in Finland

ABB is celebrating today its 125th anniversary in Finland. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Strömberg, ABB Finland is today

Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence Awards 2014 recognises 18 companies

Frost & Sullivan held its inaugural New Zealand Excellence Awards on 28 August 2014 at Villa Maria, presenting a total of 18 awards to companies across the industries of Food,

BLM Supports Expanding Oil and Gas Pilot Offices

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze today testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a bill that would increase the

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1777 sec (6 req/sec)