Hello, and welcome to this course on CFD for Yachts.

I’m Javier Calderon. This is Pablo Merino, and we will be your instructors during the course.

I have a Ph.D. in Naval Architecture and am currently enrolled as an assistant professor at UPM (Polytechnic University of Madrid), where I teach courses related to CFD, hydrodynamics, and yacht design.

My name is Pablo. I am a Naval Architect, and I have a Ph.D. in Mathematical Engineering. Currently, I am working as a software developer at CoreMarine Solutions.

This course is divided into three parts.

In the first part, we will cover the fundamental aspects of CFD. This includes the math behind fluid mechanics, the essentials of numerical methods, and particularly the assumptions behind the Finite Volume Method that we will use in the practical examples.

As a warm-up, we will validate the numerical tool used in the course with a simple case by comparing numerical and analytical solutions.

In the second part, we will focus on a real-world application involving transient flows: a lifting profile. We will dive into the details of an OpenFOAM case, including mesh procedures, numerical setup, and execution. Then, we will introduce several post-processing tools for results analysis.

Understanding the physics is something very important when doing CFD. Due to that, we will devote, prior to performing the practical examples, several lessons to understand the key elements of fluid mechanics that are relevant to understanding the underlying physics of our problem.

This will be the case with both practical examples. In there, we will evaluate the resistance of a yacht. We will conduct a comprehensive 3D simulation of a multi-phase case, incorporating some advanced features to execute and process the resulting solution.

If you are interested in yachts and you want to boost your knowledge of CFD, then this course is specially designed for you. We are very pleased and very excited to have you on this learning journey.

Welcome aboard!