Nautical research

compilatiefoto nautisch onderzoek

Research domain

Knowledge centre 'Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water' 

Simulator

Towing tank

Projects

Conferences


Research domain

Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) studies and analyses the behaviour of vessels in shallow water. Ships and their cargo are becoming larger and larger. To protect our economy we have to make sure our rivers and access channels can handle this extra capacity. Consequently this field of research is an absolute priority for the Flemish Government.

Knowledge centre 'Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water'

Our knowledge centre 'Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water'  is developed in a partnership with The Maritime Technology Division of Ghent University. We collect both scientific insights and experience on this topic. Our ambition is to keep this know-how up-to-date, to refine and share it with others. 

We use the knowledge we gain to provide quality advice in areas such as further development of accessible Flemish waterways and an appropriate admission policy.

We strive not only for more but also better knowledge. We do so through:

Our knowledge centre works closely together with The Maritime Technology Division of Ghent University. We also count on expert advice of several key  players from the domestic maritime world. 

Simulator

Flanders Hydraulics Research has ship simulators. They are used to teach people to navigate in critical situations. Furthermore they provide useful info for the design of hydraulic constructions, waterways and nautical procedures.

These  simulators (certified according the STCW convention, London 1995) at Flanders Hydraulics Research can be used for the training of pilots, tug masters and navigation personnel.

Projects:

  • The design of hydraulic works: Provide studies on access channels, harbour entrances, access locks, turning basins and docks.
  • The design of nautical procedures and auxiliary tools: Design and test nautical procedures through tugboats and approach manoeuvres.
  • Risk analysis: Determine the boundaries of safe shipping in function of the environmental conditions.

Towing tanknavigatiepijl

Flanders Hydraulics Research also disposes of a towing tank. This tank is used for experiments with ship models in shallow water. Based upon the results of this experimental research we can define mathematical models. These models are then used to predict reality as closely as possible in the simulators.

Projects:

  • Manoeuvring behaviour: Develop mathematical models for the prediction of the ship manoeuvring behaviour in simulators (sea-going and inland vessels).
  • Bank effects: Study the behaviour of a ship in the vicinity of a bank.
  • Motions due to waves: Conduct studies on the vertical motions when navigating in waves.
  • Ship-to-ship interaction: Measure the forces which ships exert on each other.
  • Nautical bottom: Study the behaviour of a ship when manoeuvring above a mud layer in confined water.

Projects

Applied research

Basic research

Conferences

Flanders Hydraulics Research
Berchemlei 115
2140 Antwerp
BELGIUM

Tel. +32 3 224 60 35
Fax +32 3 224 60 36
info@shallowwater.be

How to reach us?

The knowledge centre has his own website:

http://www.shallowwater.be