Test at SSPA

Testing the hull of Oceanbird


Computer simulations can take us quite far but not all the way. The team that are designing wind powered vessels, needed a boat in the water. Watch when SSPA was testing the hull of a mini wind powered vessel  in their towing tank. 

SSPA has a long experience of optimizing conventional cargo vessels, and therefore is one of our partners in the project wPCC (wind Powered Car Carrier) that is behind the vessel Oceanbird. Sailing vessels differ from conventional vessels in many ways, which meant that SSPA had to develop completely new simulation tools.

During the spring of 2020, SSPA performed a test of a Oceanbird model in their towing tank. The model was built in the scale 1:25, and is just over 8 meters long.

“We have done extensive computer simulations. Now we need to confirm these simulations with the experiments to get more accurate numbers of the performance and the forces acting on the ship. It’s important to understand that computer simulations can take us quite far but not all the way to accurate predictions” says Sofia Werner, Manager Strategic Research Hydrodynamics at SSPA.

Carl-Johan Söder
Carl-Johan Söder

Satisfied with the result

The ship designers at Wallenius Marine were interested in the hydro dynamic performance, focusing on the hull, rudder and propeller.

“The model is behaving well. There aren’t any big waves. You can see a very smooth wave pattern behind the model. Which is indicating that the resistance is low and that we have an efficient hull” says Carl-Johan Söder, Naval Architect at Wallenius Marine.


About SSPA

SSPA is an independent Swedish research institute, fully owned by the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation. SSPA supply maritime solutions for shipowners, ports, shipyards, manufacturers and maritime authorities worldwide. The areas of expertise includes hydro and aerodynamic verification, safety, logistics and sustainability.

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