The Principle Investigator, William Burns, will work closely with Dr. Hamid Hefazi, Professor and Chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Hefazi and CSULB will develop
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools for evaluating the performance of the patented M-hull – described as a combination of the best features of a monohull, multihull and surface effect ship – for Navy applications.
Developed by M SHIP CO, an award-winning maritime design firm and parent company to Mangia Onda Company, the M-hull was originally designed for low wake applications in Venice, Italy. Since transportation in Venice is on canals rather than streets, motorboats are a way of life. Erosion of the building foundations has been an unfortunate effect of water travel. The M-hull development for Venice not only demonstrated low wake characteristics, but also many other remarkable performance features. This hull form has since found applications around the globe.