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Hydrodynamics and simulation applied to inland waterway and port approaches

Hydrodynamics applied to Inland Waterways and Port Approaches

Paris- Meudon, 18 -19 November 2015

1, Place Aristide Birand 92400  MEUDON


From Montparnasse, Transilien direction Sèvres - Rive gauche, Stop Bellevue
From Pont de Sèvres (Terminus ligne 9), Bus 169 Stop 11 novembre or Gare de Bellevue
From La Défense, Tramway T2 Val-de-Seine, stop Brimborion

PROGRAM - conference in English


This conference jointly organized by SHF and AIPCN (French section) to be held on the 18th & 19th of November 2015 will be an opportunity to provide the attendees with a state of the art regarding the numerical and physical simulation tools for inland waterways and ports in relation with the MARCOM 171 think tank/Work group of AIPCN titled Ship Handling Simulation Dedicated to Channel and Harbour Design.

In the public port domain the increasing size of ships since 3 decades, makes it necessary to enhance and maximize their handling in basins. In the fluvial section efforts are also made to improve the expansion of infrastructures. Plans are under way to train a larger number of crews on new waterway simulators. In this context the simulation tools are becoming more and more important. Within the MARCOM 171 working group, the simulation tools analyze the following sections of navigation: ship handling, the human factor, the hydrodynamic efforts brought to ships and vessels, particularly the resistance to forward movement in opened or confined waters, dynamic over draught, the wakes and the related impact on the river banks and beds.

An outstanding attention will be paid to the environmental data necessary to simulation such as streams, wind, swell, bathymetry data, to specific handling or the simulation of new vessels and ships. Examples of pushers, sea keeping of fluvial units when sailing in bays and estuaries, ship overtaking, ways in and out of locks.

Applications of these tools cover the naval architecture, maritime and river ports arrangements, especially regarding the speed regulations but also training on realistic 3D simulations with validated and advanced instrumentation. The security analysis based on a statistical analysis of trajectories on simulators calculated from AIS data would be discussed during this conference. Papers on studies for a more economical navigation (eco systems, economical consumption and development of an eco-pilote, the impact of air bubbles on forward movements; …) will be appreciated.

Related topics such as sediment-to-vessel interaction, navigation on mud bottoms, interaction between navigation and other applications of waterways for example water management and power production (generation), usage of new Fluvial Information Systems for the security and competitiveness in view of an improved navigation could also be tackled during this conference.

This forthcoming conference proposes to focus on the input of hydrodynamics and simulation to scientific and operational progresses related to fluvial transport and port access.

A half day visit on 20th of November is planned.

Departure: 8h30 at ST LAZARE TRAIN STATION

Return to Paris :  approximatively 13h30

further information in downloads


Manoeuvrability of boats and ships:

-       Hydrodynamic forces

-       Effects of currents, wind, swell, beds and banks

-       Specific maneuvering (pushers, turning, ship overtaking, locks access,…)

-       Validation of ships and boats behaviour

-       Innovative ships and boats

-       Example of maritime and river ports arrangements

-       Rule based issues

-       Safety assessment based on a statistical analysis of the trajectories 

Navigation simulation tools:

-       Training on realistic 3D simulators

-       Instruments for simulators

-       Driving tutorials

-       Use of River Information Systems

-       Human factor

-       Multi-workplaces simulation

-       Virtual pilot simulation

Forward resistance:

-       Navigation in confined waters

-       Consumption of ships and boats

-       Eco-pilot

-       Naval architecture (air bubbles, bow bulbs effect, …)

Interactions: Sediments-to-ship and navigation-to-other uses:

-       Navigation on mud bottoms/Wakes Erosion of banks

-       Erosion des beds

-       Interaction between navigation and the other functions of the waterway (water management, energy production, …)

International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)