About Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
The Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Ship Theory at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) focusses its research activities on the investigation of hydrodynamic phenomena and the development of numerical codes for their prediction. The approaches used include RANSE and potential flow solvers as well as Lattice-Boltmann, 2D+t, Impulse-Response methods and several more. Beyond the numerical aspects of its work the FDS institute operates a low-speed wind tunnel and a towing tank for validation and experimental research purposes. Over 30 research assistants together with numerous partners from the marine industry work in the further development of prediction methods for marine operations such as: Ship Maneouvering, Propeller Applications, Marine Renewable Energy, Offshore Windenergy, Multiphase Flows etc.
Role in the Project
The contribution of TUHH in the Space@Sea project lies mainly within the further development of the available numerical simulation toolkit for the holistic numerical assessment of offshore operations. This will ensure the precise prediction of the modular multi-body dynamics, required in order to develop an ideal shape design, operational guidelines and set the framework for the implementation of applications at low cost and an early design stage. The vast experience in numerical modelling of marine application will be used to develop an optimized PTO-system for the extraction of kinetic energy from relative motion of the components and to develop measures to reduce ship-platform interaction and relative motion during cargo operation. The validation of the tool by employing additional tools as well as relying on measuring data from model tests allow to make the advances available for similar future projects and incorporate the results in the academic agenda.