Challenging high-speed seakeeping tests
QinetiQ IMCS was contacted by the prestigious Korean Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) to undertake at short notice seakeeping model tests on a high-speed planning hull-form.
KRISO, established in 1973 as the Republic of Korea’s national maritime research agency, is a leader in technology development in ship and ocean engineering, striving to develop, commercialize and research original technology. One such technology development area is to develop platforms for multipurpose unmanned vehicles that can avoid collisions with obstacles and technology for voluntary navigation at high speeds.
QinetiQ IMCS were able to respond to KRISO’s programme objectives through expertise and unique facilities, to provide a programme of seakeeping model tests. The model testing utilised the recently upgraded wave-maker in QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin facility. QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin is one the largest basins in the world and is ideal for these type of experiments, the large size being crucial to provide the area to form controllable wave patterns and space large enough to allow testing at high speeds at the highest possible model scale. The basin’s impressive scale (121m (L) x 61m(W) x 5.5m (D)) and the wave-makers ability to provide repeatable and controllable wave patterns allows scientific simulations beyond what is achievable in physical full-scale testing.
QinetiQ IMCS were able to respond to KRISO’s requirement in a very limited timescale. T&E Business manager Sam Hill explained, “we were able to develop and build the model and associated control and logging systems in less than four weeks. This enabled us to utilise an available trials slots, which we double-shifted in order to complete the work in the customer’s timescales.”