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Centrale Nantes and Bureau Veritas to invest in a 'Ship of the future'

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The École Centrale de Nantes (ECN), one of France’s top engineering universities, and leading classification society Bureau Veritas have joined forces to create a new International Chair in research on hydrodynamics and marine structures. The aim is to improve the safety and performance of vessels of the future. The ambitious research programme also includes HydrOcean, part of the BV Group, a key provider of CFD-based optimisation services and Nextflow Software, a start-up dedicated to fluid dynamics software.

The new chair will make possible technical innovations for the conception, design, performance, safety and environmental friendliness of ships and offshore structures.

Improving safety and environmental friendliness

“This chair is concrete evidence of the desire of Bureau Veritas to link with the innovation and research of one of the top engineering faculties to create new services which will help our clients to improve the safety and environmental friendlessness of their fleets,” says Philippe Donche-Gay, Head of the Marine and Offshore division, Bureau Veritas.

“This next step in our long collaboration in maritime matters allows us to go further together and to harness the power of numerical simulation to develop better ships,” says Arnaud Poitou, Director of Centrale Nantes.

David Le Touzé, Professor at Centrale Nantes, will be the first holder of the new chair. He leads a twenty-person research group at ECN hydrodynamics laboratory and is known for his numerical simulation expertise.

The work of the chair will be focused on three complementary areas: the development of numerical simulation tools; their validation in the testing facilities of École Centrale de Nantes which are amongst the best in Europe; and developing efficient methodologies for dealing with hydrodynamic and hydro–structural problems.

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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