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.

"Hauptsache schnell" zählt nicht mehr - an interview with Christian Johannsen

Christian Johannsen, head of our Propellers&Cavitation department has recently been interviewed by the German magazine HANSA. Among others, subjects were the optimization of ship propellers particularly for slow steaming, new testing procedures to investigate propeller details as well as the future role of CFD in propeller design.

Please find the whole HANSA article in our press room.

Unconventional propeller-ice interaction tests close to large scale

A new video from the ProEis project demonstrates an ice floe being fed into a Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP).

VSP in ice




CFD Simulations for Britain's New Polar Research Vessel

RSS Sir David Attenborough

The website for British Antarctic Survey recently highlighted the FreSCo+ aerodynamic investigations on the RSS Sir David Attenborough. BAS points out the fruitful collaboration between them, HSVA and the ship designer Rolls-Royce to ensure a good aerodynamic performance of their new polar research ship. For the entire article, click here...

The latest Newswave also features some selected results from the "virtual wind tunnel" studies using FreSCo+.


Phase 2 of AERONAUT Project to Begin

FreSCo+ Delayed Detached Eddy Simulation (DDES) computations in Phase 1 provide the groundwork for the upcoming wind tunnel testing. More...


AERONAUT Project Website

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