“The REI program certainly is an unconventional approach to conventional tank testing,” said M Ship Co. Executive Director and Co-Founder Bill Burns, describing the FLOWT platform’s 20-foot pontooned hull, which--with its knife-edged hulls, multiple computer work stations and various adaptable structures—looks something like an inspired Lego® design while underway, “but the implications of it are of far-reaching importance to the people who shape our industry.”
“We can offer test programs that can use a constant baseline with a new design or test two new designs at the same time,” said Burns. “Fully instrumented, rough water testing at the same time is unique and offers immediate and unequivocal comparison of ride quality performance between designs.”
M Ship’s REI program has tested a range of vessels, including catamarans, displacement monohulls, advanced planing hulls and submersibles. In addition to optimizing design for ride quality, speed and fuel efficiency, its applications include validating CFD and untested claims; comparing different designs with instant results; developing a unique design for market differentiation; and proving concepts for patentability and investment.
Accuracy of the REI program’s data has been validated at the U.S. Navy’s David Taylor Model Basin, one of the largest ship model basins in the world, where it was re-analyzed in both smooth and rough water.
“The REI results exceeded our 95 percent threshold,” said Burns. “The REI calm water resistance measurement has been shown to have an absolute accuracy of four percent at five knots model scale and improves to three percent at 15 knots model scale. The results are well within the scatter range you would expect between different tow tanks.”
M Ship Co., an award-winning naval architecture and research firm with offices in San Diego, Calif., and Newport, R.I., is no stranger to thinking outside the box. In fact, its reputation has been made developing transformational solutions for the maritime industry. Its proprietary, globally patented M-hull® technology has been applied to, among other projects, the development and building of the U.S. military’s radical, high-speed futuristic ship, the M80 Stiletto*, which was contracted in 2004 as an operational experiment for the Pentagon’s Office of Force Transformation and went on to be deployed in active duty service where she successfully conducted counter-illicit drug trafficking operations with USSOUTHCOM in the Caribbean.
M Ship’s REI team is comprised of top-tier scientists, engineers, sailors and boat builders with America’s Cup and military tank testing experience.
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* The M80 Stiletto is now under the command of the Department of Defense and has participated in Trident Warrior joint-force exercises as well as tests conducted by the U.S. Navy SEALs off the California coast.