Ship Design Goes Organic to Save Material

11th July 2013 by Royston Jones

My colleague, Jamie Buchanan, Director of Altair ProductDesign UK, submitted the following blog post.

Earlier this year, Altair’s Lars Fredriksson discussed how companies outside of the automotive and aerospace companies are looking for ways to save weight from their products. In his post, Lars spoke of the efforts made by child safety equipment manufacturer, Britax-Römer, who worked with Altair ProductDesign to minimise the weight of their child car seats.

While Britax-Römer’s motivation to save product weight centred more on improving carrying weight to sway customer preference than saving fuel, the drive to save cost is universal across industry.

Continuing the theme of exploring how other industries are embracing simulation and optimisation technologies to shed unnecessary weight from their products, I was pleased to see some of our work here in the UK get picked up by Maritime IT & Electronics magazine (MITE). In their article entitled ‘Going Organic’ (viewable below), MITE investigated how design optimisation techniques were helping the UK’s Aircraft Carrier Alliance take weight and material out of the ambitious Queen Elizabeth Class vessels.

Whereas manufacturers of racing yachts have known the benefits of lightweight, efficient design for many years, the large ship building industry is generally less concerned with shaving off weight with safety the key consideration. The project successfully demonstrated how the principles of simulation-driven design, where optimisation technologies are used to help guide a minimum mass, weight efficient structure from the initial design stage, can help drive down material use and minimise manufacturing complexity.

Take a look at the article below for more information.


Going Organic in Aircraft Carrier Design by AltairEnlighten