Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (Naval Hydrodynamics)

The surface ship hydromechanics research area includes:

  • A combination of theoretical, computational and experimental efforts
  • Development and utilization of advanced instrumentation and facilities
  • Development of physics-based, reduced order models and uncertainty quantification
  • Improve ship capability, operability and survivability by developing predictive simulation capability of the hydrodynamics, motions and loads of naval platforms operating in relevant ocean environments for design and analysis purposes
  • Understanding, prediction and control of the complex, unsteady hydrodynamic phenomena associated with the interactions of a ship or multiple ships and the ocean environment

This work supports the Navy’s interest in advanced sea platform performance science and technology (S&T), advanced sea platform survivability S&T and naval engineering.

Research Concentration Areas

The primary focused research areas are nonlinear ship dynamics and hydrodynamics loads, including:

  • Prediction of the nonlinear behavior, extreme motions and hydrodynamic loads, including slamming in high sea-states using deterministic and probabilistic methods
  • Utilization of theoretical, computational and experimental methods to develop modeling capability and physical understanding
  • Development of physics-based reduced order models and uncertainty quantification

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Fast and accurate prediction methods with quantifiable uncertainty for design, analysis and operational guidance
  • Identification of controlling parameters that represent key physical phenomenon
  • Increased platform performance and operational capability
  • Increased survivability and safety
  • Increased understanding of complex interaction between ships and severe ocean environments

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Woei-Min Lin

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 331

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How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-21-S-B001.

  • Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
  • Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.

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