Ship Hull DesignShip Hull Design

Design ships with better flows! CAESES® allows you to build robust parametric ship models with smarter shape control. It is the leading software solution for naval architects that are interested in CFD-based hull optimization – to create better flows around their designed vessels.

The focus with CAESES® is on the underwater part of the ship:

Create a variable hull model, connect your CFD and run studies. Finally pick an optimized hull shape that outperforms similar ships in the market.

CAESES includes postprocessing capabilities

CAESES includes post-processing capabilities for quick comparison of design candidates


Create Smarter Variable Models from Scratch

Set up a smart variable geometry while at the same time you build-in all your design constraints (displacement, center of buoyancy, hard points etc.). Save time by only generating feasible designs – manually or fully automated by using the intuitive variant management system of CAESES®.



Fast Optimization of Existing Ship Hulls

If your time frame is short and you have no time for creating a whole model, you can use the efficient Lackenby shift transformations and other deformation methods of CAESES®. These transformations allow you to intuitively reshape your hull, again manually or automated in an optimization. Works with any imported geometry!

Fast free-form deformations of existing geometries

Fast free-form deformations of existing geometries


Hydrostatic Calculation

In an easy-to-use and intuitive way, CAESES® provides you the most important hydrostatic quantities such as displacement and moments of inertia etc. These values can be calculated manually for a new design, or fully automated for a set of design candidates.

Fast optimization of imported ship geometry

Optimization of ship geometries including hydrostatic calculations for each design


Leverage your Flow Analysis Tools

CAESES® closely integrates with your CFD and CAE analysis tools – no matter which CAE package you use. There is also an add-on for the CFD code SHIPFLOW, the industry standard for shipbuilding. Connect typical analyses to your CAESES® model such as ship hull hydrodynamics, wave resistance, and wakefield analyses, involve motion analyses of vessels and platforms with seakeeping codes, as well as propeller performance with CFD.

Design Viewer

Wakefield side-by-side comparison of design candidates in CAESES


Template Models

As a new development (still in a beta phase), CAESES® hull design setups can be fully wrapped into an easy-to-use interface, including meshing, CFD analysis and even optimization runs. Based on the tools that you use in your company. Just change the hull’s main dimensions and other project-specific key parameters and let CAESES® do the number-crunching job of finding the optimal design candidate. Here is a short video that demonstrates how templates can be used from within a browser (see also the blog post about the SMM competition).

Easy-to-use template models that include CFD and optimization

Easy-to-use template models that include geometry generation, CFD and even optimization


Propeller Design

CAESES® allows you to define any type of 2D section for marine propeller blades. For example, point data can be automatically imported and interpolated or parameterized, and complex Excel sheets can be accessed or even completely transferred to the CAESES® environment. CAESES® comes with a set of NACA profiles, but sections can also be defined by yourself using the CAESES® feature programming language. There are also complete parametric propeller setups based on standard series (e.g. Wageningen – see this blog post). CAESES® gives you everything you need to model typical marine propellers and special types such as surface-piercing or racing propellers, high-skew propellers, ducted propellers and submarine propellers. The propeller add-on gets used by large companies such as ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Caterpillar.

wageningen b-series propeller

Wageningen propeller: click on it to start a short demo video


Example Applications
  • Parametric ship design incl. hydrostatic calculation
  • Hull form optimization (container carriers, offshore supply vessels, tankers, yachts, racing boats etc.)
  • Propeller design
  • Appendages and energy saving devices
  • Design and placement of thrusters


Aftbody Optimization

Aftbody Optimization

More Information

At FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS our heritage is in the Shipbuilding & Marine sector, and we count many of the largest shipbuilders in the world as our customers. We have best-in-class expertise in parametric modeling of hull forms, appendages, propellers, etc. In order to drive the innovation of our products, FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS has always been involved in challenging research projects for ship design and optimization.


CAESES® is used by all leading ship design offices and ship yards in the world, such as Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries. In Germany, e.g. HSVA, TKMS, Meyer and Neptun Ship Design are using CAESES®.

Interesting Articles and Videos

If you are interested in more material: Here is a short read about a twin skeg study, and another blog post with a video about skeg modeling in 2 minutes.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are interested in using CAESES® for your specific marine application.






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