Graduation assignment Hydrodynamics

Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam B.V.
Branche / Vakgebied
Research and Development
Vereiste taal
Engels, Nederlands
Start op
13 mei 2022


Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam is a design and engineering company that specialises in integrated vessel design, equipment design and marine operations engineering. With these disciplines Vuyk has an extensive track record in executing projects independently, in-house with their highly specialists engineering team. Vuyk’s tailor-made designs are always created in close consultation with the customer, resulting in solutions that are “designed to function”.
As part of their policy and mission Vuyk offers apprenticeships and graduation assignments to the Technical Universities and polytechnics. Under the supervision of experienced engineers the students can work in the project teams as apprentice or do their research for their graduation. The research topics are related to technical issues that Vuyk is running into in the course of the projects that are executed. This can be directly linked to an engineering question that needs to be solved or can result in a research question that can serve as a graduation assignment. The topics are therefore always closely linked to the actuality of the projects

Research issue
In the last couple of years Vuyk identifies a shift in the hull form design as a consequence of the owners requests to be innovative in the vessel operation with a minimum cost effect. Also the fuel efficiency plays an important role. A solution can be found in the application of multi-hulls. In this way large deck areas can be created without the need for a high displacement. Vuyk has been involved in the design of multi-hulls in various markets. This varies from smaller vessels in the offshore wind market or ferry market to large vessels like semi-submersibles.
During these designs the interaction between the hulls and the propeller efficiency is very important. The position of the hulls relative to each other, the optimal flow towards the propulsion unit and the interference of these aspects highly determine the fuel efficiency of these vessels. But it is difficult to define up from what will be the best solution, given the range of twin hull vessels that Vuyk has so far been involved in.

Research question
From the above the following questions arise:

  1.  What is the best ratio of distance versus volume for a range of twin hulls from a hydrodynamic point of view in order to find an optimum
  2. What is the effect of twin hulls on the flow to the propulsion unit and how do the hulls interfere with this flow.
  3.  How do these effects influence the selection of type of propulsion and could the result in an advice on this selection

Support during graduation
During the graduation assignment a graduation supervisor from Vuyk will be assigned. He or she will coach you through your assignment and will have regular meetings to check the progress and the content. But as you will work for a longer period of time in the company, you will find out that many employees will be able to help you out with practical issues are can discuss with you on technical matters.

Furthermore Vuyk is using a variety of software for design, strength, motion and flow calculations. These can be used during your assignment and you can get support on the application of the software.

Vuyk will also prove a graduation fee to each student that will perform his or her research in our office.

We are happy and willing to support the students at all time. However, a graduation assignment will be an independent exercise for the student. The responsibility for execution and planning will be with the student. We will try to assist you on these aspects as well.

More information

Please contact: