Marine equipment like oil drilling rigs, oil tankers, oil risers, mooring systems, pump systems, anchors, underwater pipelines, hydroelectric systems and off-shore wind farms must be designed properly to withstand the forces at work in a marine environment, including wave action, tidal forces, high winds, variable temperatures, high pressures and inclement weather. Failure to properly compensate for any of these forces the design of marine equipment can lead to increased maintenance costs, premature failures, environmental damage or even accidents and injuries.
Hydrodynamic analysis can be used to test the design and function of such equipment in simulated conditions that reliably mimic real-world scenarios, allowing any flaws in the design to be corrected before production and eliminating many of the costs involved in development and testing. It can also be used to evaluate existing designs or to determine an exact point of failure after a marine accident.
To perform a comprehensive hydrodynamic analysis, experts with plenty of experience in the marine industry are required, as well as specialized software and equipment. It is typically more cost-effective to have a professional perform a hydrodynamic analysis than make the investments in equipment and personnel necessary to do it yourself.