50% to 80% cost savings when compared to conventional tow tanks
Lowering the Cost of Discovery
The Rapid Empirical Innovation (REI®) design & development services program by M Ship Co., literally takes testing "out of the box" of traditional tow tanks to quickly and accurately evaluate valuable design concepts that otherwise would lie dormant and unexplored. The REI® services process is a means for developing and refining innovative marine concepts in time- and cost-effective manners.
Hull models are evaluated on a self-powered, "Fast, Low-cost, Open Water Testing" (FLOWT) platform that provides real-time force, trim and acceleration measurements to optimize performance and ride quality.
FLOWT is fully rough-water capable. High-frequency 6-DOF accelerometers are outfitted to each model yielding comprehensive motion and acceleration comparisons in identical as-tested wave conditions.
REI®: Benefiting Designers, Naval Architects and Boat Builders
Results Validated at the U.S. Navy's David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB)
Three (3) models (including the historically tested Series 62 model) were tested at DTMB for both smooth and rough water testing so comparison could be made between the towing tank data (DTMB) and the REI® services system.
The results were excellent for both calm and rough water, even exceeding our 95% threshold. The REI® services calm water resistance measurements have been shown to have an absolute accuracy of +/- 4% at 5 knots model scale, improving to +/- 3% at 15 knots model scale. Notably, when resistance differentials are normalized to a baseline test configuration, the resistance and performance trending across a spectrum of model floatation is improved further.
Better than a tow tank at less than half the price - Save your time & money !
7 Key Features:
The FLOWT research platform and testing methodologies open a new and innovative door towards quantum improvements in the cost- and time-efficiencies associated with boat performance evaluation and hull form optimization. Per-model testing and analysis costs have been greatly reduced. Two models can be evaluated in tandem, providing immediate and direct hull-to-hull comparisons. Turn around times for multiple hull form evaluation test series is rapid.
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