Physical Model Testing

Still nothing beats the confidence gained from the computer simulations coinciding with physical model testing. We’re staunch advocates of the comfort to be gained from ‘belt and braces’ when major investment calls are being made.

Houlder has its own workshop for the preparation and instrumentation of physical scale models for hydrodynamic testing. We have experience in both towed and free-running model tests. We rent the most appropriate testing facilities depending on the work being undertaking.

Why model testing?

Computer simulation serves as an accurate and cost-effective alternative to physical model testing and is a sensible route to take for many projects. However, there are instances where model testing may still be the preferential route, such as:

  • When undertaking large seakeeping and manoeuvring studies – In these cases where many seakeeping and manoeuvring runs are required it can be more cost effective to undertake a physical model test program, with simulations undertaken at select points to compare and quantify scaling effects.
  • When studying a situation which is outside the validated range – We believe in continued validation of our computational methods, and for us, every model test is an opportunity to validate our work. Speak to us if you have an unconventional problem that could benefit from our combination of physical and computational testing.

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