Located in Hamburg, the private and independent Hamburg Ship Model Basin - HSVA - is a service and consulting company for clients in the maritime industry worldwide.
Our products contribute to a greener, more sustainable usage of marine environments. We help reduce emissions from shipping and we increase safety in marine transportation.
We are partners to our clients for the development of innovative, tailor-made solutions in shipping and offshore operations. For experimental investigations we are offering world class testing facilities.
Its leading role in national and international research programs makes HSVA a most competent partner in science and services in the field of maritime hydrodynamics, maritime aerodynamics and arctic technology as well as associated disciplines.
Optimisation, Efficiency & Safety
We address any aspect in design, construction and operation of waterborne vehicles and structures that incorporate fluid mechanical considerations such as
- Resistance and Propulsion
- Ship Dynamics and Manoeuvring
- Seakeeping and Motions
- Cavitation and Hydroacoustics
- Structural Loads
- Underwater Vehicles
- Model experiments
- Numerical computations (CFD)
- Field measurements
- Monitoring and data analytics
- In-house software
Design Loads, Operational Safety & Green Energy
HSVA adresses all aspects related to air flow on ships and offshore structures, including
- Wind Loads
- Air resistance
- Exhaust gas distribution
- Air Turbulence
- Numerical Assessment (RANS, DES, LES)
- Wind Tunnel Testing
- IMO Weather Criterion
- Helicopter Operations
- Wind Propulsion Systems (Flettner Rotors, Soft Sails, Wing Sails)
- Wind Turbines
Safe operation in ice covered waters
Operating one of the very few testing facilities worldwide, HSVA provides unique expertise for marine vehicles and installations in ice covered waters:
- Icebreaking Vessels
- Design Assistance
- Arctic Environmental Conditions
- Ice Class Regulations and Requirements
- Model Testing in Ice
- Ice – Structure Interaction, Ice Loads
- Ice Performance Trials
- Wave – Ice Interaction
- Ice Mechanics
- Technical Assistance for Scientific Experiments in Ice
At HSVA, models are produced deliberately from renewable raw resources
At HSVA, models are produced deliberately from renewable raw resources. In most cases, wood is the prefered construction material.
In the model tests for Baltic Workboats Ltd for the new patrol boats for Flotte Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG, small lightweight models were needed.
These models were created in milled negative molds from wood in natural fiber composites (NFCs). The internals and deck were created from wood and the superstructure was printed from PLA using our 3D printer. PLA (polylactide acid) is synthetic material based mainly on starch (often from corn).
TrAM H2020 Project has been nominated for the European Sustainable Energy Awards
We are very glad to share that the TrAM H2020 Project has been nominated for the European Sustainable Energy Awards 2023!
The TrAM Catamaran Medstraum is not only fully electric, zero-emission, fast, buy also highly efficient in terms of hydrodynamic performance, which has been essential for such a battery-driven fast ferry concept being feasible and finally built and in operation! #HSVA is happy to make a substantial contribution to this great project.
The winner will be decided by the public - we would be happy if you voted for this great project!
Please find the link for voting below:
For more information, check out this post: Information TrAM H2020 Project
Newswave 2022 01
HSVA magazine "newswave" is now available online!
We are very pleased to present you our new edition of our magazine newswave.
Find out more about:
· The world’s first zero-emission fast ferry
· The design challenge of Multi Mission Polar Vessels
· GATERS – Comprehensive Review of Novel Rudder System
· ... and much more!
Jobs @ HSVA
HSVA is one of the world leading ship model basins. As a private company operating in the wonderful city of Hamburg, Germany, HSVA is active in the field of hydrodynamic research since 1913. Besides operating a large range of experimental facilities, we are among the forerunners of CFD developments and maritime applications.read more