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EE Graduation Roll Damping Estimating

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The position
Are you looking for a graduation thesis in the field of hydrodynamics? Then read about what Van Oord can offer you. The Hydrodynamics Engineering Department in Gorinchem is looking for a graduate!

Van Oord operates state-of-the-art dredging, pipe-laying, subsea rock installation and offshore wind installation vessels. An important aspect for efficient operation is knowledge and optimization of the workable limits by an accurate prediction of the vessel motions during transit and operation.
Especially the roll motion impacts the vessel operations. The roll motion is largely determined by viscous damping. Generally, the roll damping is calculated either using Ikeda’s semi-empirical method or through model tests.

Model tests give good results but require long lead times. Ikeda’s method is not well suited for all offshore vessels, because of their unconventional hull shape. Calculating roll damping using CFD is very promising. Although calculation time is still high, results obtained from CDF calculations seem very accurate when compared to model tests.

Your responsibilities
The purpose of this research is to develop a smart 2D CFD set-up, which increases the accuracy of roll damping prediction compared to Ikeda’s method. This allows Van Oord to efficiently calculate roll motions for the large number of vessels in operation.


  • Literature study
  • Set-up of 2D CFD model in OpenFOAM
  • Validation of CFD results with model test results (already performed)

Job requirements

  • MSc. Offshore and Dredging Engineering, Maritime Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering & Applied Physics
  • A student who likes to calculate and perform modelling tasks
  • A good command of English

We offer
We offer you a varied and international working environment in which you can execute your graduation project. A successful completion of your internship or graduation project could result in a challenging starter job at Van Oord.

About Van Oord
Van Oord is a leading global contractor in dredging, hydraulic engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind). We are an innovative partner for our clients and have been contributing to the infrastructure of tomorrow's world for over a hundred years. Our people are committed, enterprising professionals with a passion for water and technology.

Do you want to be a part of Van Oord?
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Sandra de Waal
Sandra de Waal

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