HSVA has carried out ship model tests with podded drives since the beginning of development of this propulsion system. The work has included open water, resistance, propulsion, seakeeping and manoeuvring tests, as well as CFD calculations of the flow around the pod both with and without the propeller in operation.
For the "Costa Classica" conversion project testing was done with a booster pod system where all 4 European pod suppliers were involved. In 2000-2001 a new pod development from the USA, the Commercial Rim Drive Propulsor (CRDP) was successfully tested in HSVA's large towing tank and cavitation tunnel. Newer developments in testing techniques include the capability for carrying out pod open water tests at different angles of attack.