This year’s Superyacht UK Technical Seminar and networking reception took place during Southampton International Boat Show. The attendees included a range of industry experts who were all present to discuss some of the biggest trends and talking points regarding the state of the market. As well as regulatory updates there were also some interesting speakers present to discuss some of the broader topics such as future innovation. environmental impact and the urgency for action against the climate crisis.
Dr.-Ing. Rodrigo Azcueta, Managing Director and Angus Gray-Stephens, CFD engineer of Cape Horn Engineering, gave a seminar on the role of CFD and tank testing is playing in superyacht design, and demonstrated how this is helping to improve seakeeping abilities and efficiencies.
Cape Horn Engineering have been utilising this technology for vessels in the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race design campaigns for over 15 years. CFD is now becoming more widespread within the superyacht industry with its obvious benefits and advantages of optimising performance and fuel efficiency.
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The technical team from Cape Horn Engineering also toured Southampton International Boat Show to meet their clients. With such a diverse global customer base, they were delighted to step onboard the Fleming 58, a luxury motor boat and prestigious design project for Australian custom yacht designer Norman R. Wright & Sons, that they were involved with.
Photos: Rodrigo Azcueta, Managing Director with CFD Engineers, Hugh Ward and Angus Gray-Stephens.
Cape Horn Engineering were commissioned to conduct a blind CFD validation study using towing tank data for the Fleming 58. The aim of the validation was to increase confidence in the current CFD simulations and to demonstrate that they are a good alternative or complement to tank testing for future projects.
Following the CFD analysis and studies Cape Horn Engineering were delighted to be commissioned for their CFD services to fine-tune the new Fleming 85 hull design. A multitude of CFD reports and analysis were carried out to ensure the most efficient hull possible and good seakeeping characteristics were achieved in all sea states.
Norman R. Wright & Sons recently commented ”It has been fantastic working with your team and it has really changed how we do our R&D. During these times of Covid, I don’t think we would have been able to do traditional tank testing. The CFD studies by your team have been invaluable and have allowed us to continue with our work.”
Described as the ‘ultimate cruising yacht’, the Fleming 85 semi-displacement hull has been designed and engineered to be highly efficient. The optimum strength/weight ratio of the structure has been achieved, whilst retaining the brand’s traditional robust construction, but with less weight, verified by DNV (Det Norske Veritas) standards.
For more details, please see case studies:
Fleming 58 – Blind Validation Case Study
Fleming 85 – Design Optimisation