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Hydrodynamic Analysis Does Not Need to be a Project Mystery

[Posted on June 5th, 2013 by Bill Stewart]

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Hydrodynamic analysis provides a critical insight into the behavior of water and liquids, which affects both water-borne vessels and related facilities as well as containers that must manage liquid holding as well as liquid flow. Better known as the study of fluid in motion, such analysis provides key input into the design of everything from water locks for traffic channels to how vessel engines perform with their turbines when producing momentum for a boat.

For clients considering major scale projects in dredging, new water channels, vessel production, and harbor redesign, hydrodynamic analysis plays an important role in decision-making as well as resource allocation for the project. As a result, the related reviews need to be on target and utilize the most up-to-date technology information to provide the most helpful information and conclusions.

For instance, many channels can slopes and bottoms that change from location to location. This can significantly influence the flow of tides as well as the vessel traffic above and how it moves accordingly. With a good hydrodynamic analysis, a control agency can see where it has risks as well as reserve channel space to direct traffic to, or where additional work is needed for improved traffic behavior, such as heavy-scale dredging.

Hydrodynamic analysis can also provide key perspectives on what could occur under extreme conditions with new diversions of waterways and channels. This is often an unknown risk when creating new levee systems and artificial water channels going through lower level land areas. When heavy flow such as winter rain and runoffs begin to add load and weight to the waterways, the analysis can show where risks and potential weaknesses exist, representing high-danger potentials to surrounding areas.

The benefits of hydrodynamic analysis also go hand-in-hand with harbor and mooring design. Especially with single point moorings, knowing how underwater forces will work against a mooring can dictate where the placement of the mooring should actually be located for best results. Lift and drag factors can easily impact whether a mooring will perform as expected or will begin to shift over time into a bad location.

Stewart USA has been in the business of providing expert hydrodynamic analysis for the last two decades, being called upon by projects large and small for their detailed, quality analyses. Whether the matter involves expert testimony for litigation purposes or for design support on new construction, Stewart’s work has been relied on repeatedly for critical decisions.

So if your project is facing a marine technology challenge in design or study, Stewart USA can address the matter and focus studies on the data that matters. With the company’s body of skilled technology exprerts and its state-of-the-art technology, hydrodynamic analysis demands will be addressed timely, keeping projects on track to fruition.


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