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EPSRC Reference: EP/C525728/1
Title: Design of High-Performance Marine Craft from a Human Factors Perspective
Principal Investigator: Shenoi, Professor RA
Other Investigators:
Allen, Professor R Hudson, Professor D Xing, Professor JT
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Lloyd's Register Group Royal National Lifeboat Institution Seaspeed Technology Ltd
VT Halmatic Ltd
Department: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 March 2005 Ends: 31 August 2008 Value (£): 578,916
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Transport Systems and Vehicles
Related Grants:
EP/C525744/1
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There is a growing demand world-wide for high performance, high speed vessels. This is evidenced by the statistics of commercial ferry and container ship owners, military and naval operators and search and rescue organisations such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The performance of these vessels is intimately dependent on the performance of their crew, which in turn is influenced critically by the manner in which the vessel responds to the variable sea loadings. Proper design of such craft, taking account of human performance, is therefore crucial.Current approaches to ship design can be described as piece-meal. The various technical aspects of the ship, such as the shape of the hull envelope, the material and structure that resists the loads, the engine choices and the arrangement and locations of the various cargo compartments and crew stations are addressed from the viewpoint of optimising the physical performance of the vessel. The role of the human operator or crew is addressed in terms of quantitative/qualitative inputs into the technical process. This is almost always a one-way interaction, namely dictated by the technical design. Very rarely is there a systematic two-way interaction between the technical design and the role of the human operator.The purpose of this proposal is to seek a better approach to marine vessel design by an interactive, multi-disciplinary approach involving both the physical and human sciences perspectives.
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