SNAME Hampton Roads Chapter Meeting

When:  Jan 17, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Hampton Roads Section

Application of Lower-Order Tools for Rapid Design Space Optimization as a Preparatory Step for CFD Studies

Ship design is an “evolutionary” process, with each variant reflecting knowledge gained during prior iterations around the design spiral. With the increasing accessibility of high-order CFD tools, it becomes attractive to apply CFD for early-stage hydrodynamic design. However, the most cost-effective and best outcomes are achieved using tools that are properly matched to the task at hand. This is particularly true for early stage design, where knowledge is foundational and about big decisions.

This presentation describes the rationale and organization of a “tool chain” for hydrodynamic analysis, from [1D] parametric studies through full [3D] CFD. Each link in the chain allows for optimization and evolution of the design space in a way that “sets the table” for the next higher-order analysis, yielding knowledge to support the important decisions of the day. A number of case studies are used to illustrate examples of design space optimization using lower-order tools, with discussion of the technical merit and justification for follow-on CFD. These case studies include an optimized bulbous bow retrofit for a research vessel, design of AUV geometry for a minimum propulsor energy objective, as well as hull form optimization for a waterjet-driven patrol boat and a twin-screw Ro/Pax ferry.

Donald MacPherson is an internationally-recognized specialist in applied hydrodynamics with particular emphasis on the design of propulsors, and the numerical forecasting of vessel and propulsor performance. He received his degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from The Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.
After various positions in industry, he co-founded HydroComp, Inc. to provide products and services in the field of applied hydrodynamics, most notably for the prediction of vessel and propulsor performance. He is responsible for all technical services, and the design and support of software products. In addition to his commercial duties as VP Technical Director of HydroComp, he is also an Instructor of Naval Architecture at the University of New Hampshire.

Donald is a member of numerous professional societies including IMarEST, ASNE, NMPA and notably SNAME, where he was elected a Fellow of the Society, is a member the H8 “Propellers” panel, and is former Chair of the New England Section. Donald enjoys playing, officiating and coaching field hockey in his free time. He also plays the bagpipes.


Hampton Yacht Club
4707 Victoria Blvd
Hampton, VA 23669
Online Instructions:
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Pricing Information

Registration Price
Students $15.00
Member $20.00
Non-member $30.00