The platform allows designers to compare new and existing ship designs in both calm and rough water for important operational considerations like:
- Which design provides the best ROI (return on investment) for my maritime service?
- How far & how fast can a new design go in different sea states?
- What is the fuel efficiency at different speeds and payloads?
- Will the passengers be comfortable at high speeds in rough water?
Multiple designs can be evaluated simultaneously on a self-powered "Fast, Low-cost, Open Water Testing" (FLOWT) platform that provides real-time force, trim and acceleration measurements to optimize performance and ride quality.
Key features of the program include:
- Two model testing capability for direct comparison and optimization
- Rough water testing for ride quality and motions measurements
- Highly accurate drag measurements for power, speed, payload and range studies
- Ultrasonic wave measurements for added resistance and rough water analysis
- Advanced array of high-frequency accelerometers for mapping shock loads
- Hull models accurately fabricated using N/C-milled rapid prototyping techniques
The accuracy of the FLOWT data has been validated through a rigorous Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Navy's David Taylor Model Basin(DTMB).
MSHIPCO, LLC is an award-winning maritime design firm specializing in research and development of advanced vessels for the military, commercial and recreational markets. MSHIPCO provides naval engineering services ranging from fundamental hull form research to complete vessel engineering and design.
The MSHIPCO team has developed some of the most advanced technology on the water. From America’s Cup designs to around-the-world racing yachts, and from electric powered taxis to high-speed, elite military vessels, MSHIPCO delivers the best technology value to its customers.
The REI® platform and services are available to naval architects and military planners. For more information about the REI®, please visit: http://mshipco.com/rei.html