HHI and ABS evaluate carbon savings before they happen

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has completed work with class society ABS on a Joint Development Project (JDP) to build multi-physics simulations capable of analysing the future carbon-footprint of vessels in the design stage and measuring the impact of different technology configurations before they are installed.

The partners claim that the simulations allow for a thorough evaluation of the impact of a range of energy saving options prior to implementation, to provide a preview of changes in a vessel’s performance before investment decisions are made.

“This joint project will give us more options to review alternative technologies at early design stage,” said Jae-Eul Kim, Executive Vice President and CTO of HHI.

“Our vessels fully comply with IMO’s environmental regulations before 2050, with LNG dual fuel propulsion systems, including various original energy saving devices, and continuous developments will keep HHI and ABS front-runners in this fast-changing industry.”

The simulations connect to a range of inputs from different model types, such as computational fluid dynamics models, wave resistance models, and data-validated engine performance models, to provide a multi-physics combined model that allows vessel owners to evaluate the performance impact from the various technologies available to them.

“The modelling and simulation techniques that ABS and HHI are pioneering allow owners, designers and shipyards unprecedented insight into the impact of multiple decarbonisation strategies on a vessel’s performance at the earliest possible stage. This approach unlocks benefits in operational efficiency, safety and investment decision making,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

“This technology also aligns with our industry-leading efforts to introduce a paperless end-to-end class process, demonstrating how we are moving ahead and realising the benefits of digital class for the industry.”

Examples of technologies that can be evaluated in the modelling process include air lubrication systems, energy-saving devices, voyage speed profiles, and engine fuel options. The simulations can also reflect the impact of inputs from a range of data sources and optimisation tools for analysis of the trade-off between different vessel configurations.

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