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Optimal heuristic design of a high efficient SWATH-type vessel

Natalia Citarella

Optimal heuristic design of a high efficient SWATH-type vessel.

Rel. Mauro Bonfanti, Pietro Casalone, Oronzo Dell'Edera. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale, 2022


This master's degree thesis aims at the fluid-dynamic study of the hull of a boat that performs the function of water-bus within the Venice lagoon. In particular, it turns its attention to the optimization of the shape of the immense part of the hull of a SWATH, a particular type of boat which has already been used for some time as passenger ships and fast ferries. Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessels are buoyantly supported vehicles with most of the buoyancy provided by twin hulls below the water surface in torpedo-like shape. One or two slender surface piercing struts per side connect each of these hulls to the cross-structure located well above the water surface. The optimization makes use of a genetic evolutionary algorithm, therefore it consists of a first part of parameterization, a second phase of analysis and assignment of merit of the cost function. The function to be optimized is the total drag of the hull, in order to reduce as much as possible the energy consumption spent on the propulsion of the boat. The optimization environment has been created in Matlab while the drag evaluation takes place by means of computational fluid dynamics simulations. This study was carried out within the Marine Offshore Renewable Energy Laboratory (MOREnergy Lab) of the Politecnico di Torino.

Relators: Mauro Bonfanti, Pietro Casalone, Oronzo Dell'Edera
Academic year: 2022/23
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 115
Additional Information: Tesi secretata. Fulltext non presente
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-20 - AEROSPATIAL AND ASTRONAUTIC ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/25065
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