The Hamburg Ship Model Basin

Setting the Standard in Ship Optimisation

Video 100 years

HSVA – Setting standards in ship optimisation
for more than 100 years

For a century, the private and independent Hamburg Ship Model Basin HSVA has been at the forefront of hydrodynamic research. HSVA has influenced and led developments of testing technology, methods, standardisation and numerical procedures to solve complex problems.

Today, HSVA is also a service and consulting company for industrial customers worldwide. Highly skilled staff is trained to interact with customers to optimise products and procedures quickly with high precision. HSVA skills are acknowledged in other areas as well such as the aircraft industry. Its leading role in national and international research programs makes HSVA a most competent partner in science and services around the field of hydrodynamics and related areas.

New comparative propulsion testing procedure in HYKAT presented to the experts

Julia Mueller Presenation in Glasgow October 2017HSVA’s new method for the investigation of propulsion improvements due to small propeller changes or addition of propeller cap fins has been presented to the experts during AMT’17 conference (5th Int. Conf. on Advanced Measurement Technology for the Maritime Industry) in Glasgow by Julia Müller last week.


The new method features comparative propulsion tests to be performed in HYKAT, where small differences in ηB can be determined with high accuracy in the realistic wake field of the complete ship model and at high Reynolds numbers at the same time. For more details please refer to Julia’s paper “HYTES – HYKAT Tested Energy Saving Devices” given on the above mentioned international conference or to the corresponding article in our latest NewsWave issue (1/17).


Meanwhile the new method has been successfully applied in two commercial projects for a shipping company.

ProEis Workshop 

ProEis group

We would like to thank more than fifty guests of our first ProEis Workshop for their active participation. The panel discussions showed a strong interest in the problem of propeller design in the context of rules and requirements resulting from ice covered waters. We will keep you informed about the developments in the ProEis project and we are looking forward to future opportunities for discussion.

Daniela Myland & Nils Reimer



Newswave 2017 Issue 1 Available

The latest edition of the HSVA newsletter Newswave is available for download in PDF format. This newsletter offers the most recent developments at HSVA, covering research projects, improvements to facilities and equipment, and other select topics.

If you missed any previous issues, check out the archive.

Successful proof of drag reduction through “artificial dolphin skin”

HSVA and three partner institutions conducted the research project FLIPPER with the aim to develop a drag-reducing bionic hull coating. More...

FLIPPER test object in HYKAT