Ship Hull Design: Twin Skeg Study

Ship Hull Design: Twin Skeg Study

Ship Hull Design: Twin Skeg Study

In one of our recent projects a colleague created a fantastic surface model of a twin skeg ship hull. As a special request, the customer wanted to vary the twin skeg in order to conduct studies. After putting together some rough ideas, he created this great model step by step in just a couple of days in CAESES®. Here is a total view of the hull:

Ship hull shown from the side

Ship hull shown from the side

Typically, one would model only half the vessel in a symmetric case. The following picture shows this part at the end of the vessel (aft body):

Symmetric aft body part

Symmetric aft body part

The following animation shows a variation of 2 parameters:

  • Y-position of the shaft
  • Angle of the skeg

Yes, you are right, only 2 parameters! This is really the fun part of CAESES®!


Sure, the geometry model contains similar parameters for additional control of the hull characteristics.


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3 comments on “Ship Hull Design: Twin Skeg Study

  • Claus Abt

    There is no simple answer to your question. In case of draught restrictions one might simply not be able to generate the required thrust with a single propeller. Another reason for having two propellers is safety. If one engine/drive fails, the other is still available to bring the ship into port. For passenger ships of a certain size this is mandatory, but for tankers it is also advantageous to avoid accidents/grounding in case of an engine failure.

  • John H Keller

    Have you looked at half tunnels between the tow propeller, with the out side of the propellers exposed to pull in the water behind the ship transom

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