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Resistance and Propulsion Tests

Today resistance and propulsion tests performed in certified model basins are a fundamental prerequisite for the necessary EEDI certification of each newly built ship. HSVA’s large scale facilities, the 300 m towing tank is an approved site and recognised by all leading classification societies providing EEDI certification services.

As fuel oil prices and legislative pressure due to climate change are forcing ship owners and operators to put energy efficiency at the top of the agenda for the operation of their existing fleet and when planning newbuildings, towing tank tests play an important role to prove the effect of all optimisations. HSVA has published a number of articles in their NewsWave magazine which present the results of recent developments in this field:

NewsWave 2/2010 - HYDROFERT - Investigating the influence of Surface Imperfections
NewsWave 1/2010 - Operating CP Propellers in "Off-Design" Conditions
NewsWave 2/2009 - Optimising Container Ship Hull Forms for Real-Life Operation Profiles
NewsWave 1/2009 - Hydrodynamic Upgrade for the MV Hammerodde
NewsWave 2/2008 - Model Testing of Propulsion Improving Devices (PID) at HSVA
NewsWave 1/2008 - Extending HSVA's Hull Form Design Capabilities
NewsWave 1/2008 - Design Refinemenet for a High-Speed Twin Screw Vessel
NewsWave 2/2007 - Post-Swirl Stator reveals Efficiency Gain in HYKAT
NewsWave 2/2007 - Determination of Service Speed Perfomance
NewsWave 1/2007 - Three Blades for reduced Fuel Consumption
NewsWave 2/2006 - Minimise Operating Costs by Trim Variation Tests
NewsWave 1/2006 - Special Measures for Improving Propulsive Efficiency


  • Design optimisation for hull forms and appendages
  • Accurate prediction of the speed/power requirement of a ship and propeller design

Organisational background

  • More than eighty-five years of experience offering stable and reliable full-scale predictions for almost any type of marine vehicle
  • Experienced Naval Architects assisting clients in hull form optimisation
  • Maximum flexibility in adjusting test programs according to actual results and in investigating hull or appendage modifications quickly.
  • Evaluation immediately after each test

Technical resources

  • CAD systems: NAPA, Unigraphics, AutoCAD
  • NC-Model-milling for maximum accuracy of ship and propeller models
  • 300 m towing tank, allowing long measuring times
  • 18 m tank width and 6 m tank depth for large models without wall effects
  • Large observation platform, offering optimum view of models by visitors and engineers
  • Modern electronic data acquisition and processing system displaying test results after each run
  • Fully automatic 3D wake measuring and processing system allowing the inspection of the wake field immediately after the test
  • Special test systems for Podded-Drives and Water Jets

References (extract)

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