A new paper published in Ocean Engineering Journal:

Michal Orych, Sofia Werner, Lars Larsson, 2021. Validation of full-scale delivered power CFD simulations. Volume 238, 15 October 2021, 109654



Verification and Validation of CFD simulations of delivered power at full-scale are carried out for a single screw cargo vessel. Numerical simulations are performed with a steady-state RANS method coupled with a body force propeller model based on a lifting line theory. There are no significant differences in the uncertainty levels between model and full-scale computations. The finest grid exhibits the numerical uncertainty of 1.40% at full-scale. Computed results are compared with sea trial data for three sister ships. Special attention is paid to the effect of roughness on the hull and propeller. The comparison error for the delivered power is about 1% which is significantly lower than the experimental uncertainty.


Delivered power; Full-scale; Hull roughness; Self-propulsion; Uncertainty; Validation; Verification; CFD



The main feature of the new major release is the MOTIONS 7 module for seakeeping and dynamics of floating vessels and structures.

MOTIONS 7 highlights:

  • most advanced fully nonlinear, unsteady potential flow commercial code on the market
  • multiple, arbitrary floating bodies
  • regular, irregular and short crested waves
  • mooring lines, fenders, spring attachments (e.g. to carriage)
  • external force model interface ( Flettner rotors, wing sails, fins )
  • applications: ships, ship to ship interactions, semi-submersibles, floating platforms,  floating wind mills




SHIPFLOW 6.6 includes developments and refinements in the following areas:

- Full scale power prediction

- Roughness effects

- Parametric appendages

- Inbuilt Wageningen B-Series propeller geometry 

- Twin-skeg gridding

- Free sinkage and trim calculations with VOF solver

- Appendages and selfpropulsion with VOF solver


SHIPFLOW 6.5 intorduces a new evaluation method for the wave resistance computed by XPAN. The new predictions give more reliable results for a wide range of ships including container vessels, tankers and bulk carriers. This improvement as well as other small changes and bug fixes makes it a highly recommended update for the users.



FLOWTECH's staff actively works with research and applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics to ship hydrodynamics, propulsion, optimization. The results are often published in papers, articles and books, see: Complete list of publications .



 SHIPFLOW 6.4.00

SHIPFLOW version 6.4.00 is now available for downloaded from our home page, Here are the major news:

  • Extended Result Reporting
  • Customizable automatic postprocessing
  • Added support for surface roughness effects
  • New appendages
  • New licensing system


Training GOTHENBURG 10-12 october 2017

Come and learn how to best use the SHIPFLOW Software!


Ship in short crested waves

Figure. Ship in short crested waves

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Nanjing Tianfu Software Co. Ltd organize together with FLOWTECH a two days seminar in Dalian China. The seminar will cover hull optimization and ship motions in waves using the CAESES and SHIPFLOW software. For more information see Link

Date: 8 - 9 May 2017

Location: Dalian China

Contact: NJTF for further information and registration


Parametric roll

The video shows the motion of the DTC container ship experience parametric roll. The prediction was produced with the release 6.3 of SHIPFLOW MOTIONS.

In this simulation the wave encounter frequency is approximately twice the natural roll frequency and the wavelength of the encountering wave is approximately equal to the ship length. The ship was given an initial roll of one degree in order to trigger the roll. No viscous damping was added in this case.


Added resistance in regular head sea wavesSHIPFLOW 6.2

The major news are:

  • Improved accuracy of ship motion and added resistance in waves
  • Improved MOTIONS robustness
  • Added user defined damping coefficients e.g. roll damping
  • Multiple improvements to overlapping grid algorithm
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Accelerate SHIPFLOW Simulations on Rescale

In this webinar we demonstrate how SHIPFLOW users can benefit from using Rescale’s on-demand, HPC cloud platform.

CFD is used extensively for the hydrodynamic design of ships, including evaluation of resistance, delivered power, added resistance, or even for automatic hull shape optimization. However, limited local computing resources and deadline constraints can limit the CFD scope for these projects. Whether working with a few large computations or many smaller computations in an optimization, access to additional resources in the cloud can be the solution.