IMPROVE – Support for designers

Design of improved and competitive products using an integrated decision support system for ship production and operation. The project partners applied an innovative design decision support system to three ship types. In the LNG carrier’s case, the project changed the shape of the ship’s hull so that it no longer needs ballast water except in very heavy seas, thereby reducing operation costs. For the RoPax ferry, the team designed a propulsion system that cuts fuel use by 10 %. Finally, the team brought down the cost of the chemical tanker by redesigning the tanks to minimise the use of expensive duplex steel (which is more resistant to corrosion than ordinary steel). 

Coordinator I University of Liège (Belgium) 
Total budget I EUR 3.4 million 
EU funding I EUR 2.5 million 
Start/end I 01/10/2006 – 30/09/2009

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