32nd Symposium on

Naval Hydrodynamics

August 5 - 10, 2018

Hamburg, Germany

Welcome to the 32nd Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics

The 32nd Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics (32nd SNH) will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from Sunday, August 5 to Friday, August 10, 2018.

The Symposium is co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Ship Theory of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH).

As a global forum for networking and sharing advancements in cutting edge science and technology since its inception in 1956, this biennial symposium has focused on research and development in fluid mechanics as they relate to naval hydrodynamics. The Symposium Proceedings have traditionally provided archival documentation of state-of-the-art research and development in naval hydrodynamics.

We look forward to welcoming you at the 32nd Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics in Hamburg.

Dr. Ki-Han Kim (ONR) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Moustafa Abdel-Maksoud (TUHH)


January 30, 2017:     The SNH2018 website is online. Abstract submission is already possible. Registration will follow later this year.
July 31, 2017:     The deadline for abstract submission is extended until August 10th, 2017.
August 10, 2017:     Abstract submission is now closed.
December 22, 2017:     Guidelines for paper submission and paper templates have been added in the section 'For Authors'.


Conference Venue: Former Main Customs Office

Image provided by NORD EVENT GmbH

The conference will be held at the spacious Former Main Customs Office. It is located directly beside the Zollkanal (customs canal). The historic building from the 19th century, in which tea, spices, coffee and tobacco from all four corners of the world were once inspected, was restored in 2008. It is now part of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. The venue lies at the heart of the historic warehouse district yet is also just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

Location Former Main Customs Office Hamburg: Alter Wandrahm 20, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

AMERON**** Hotel Speicherstadt

Images provided by AMERON Hotel

The AMERON Hotel Speicherstadt is the first and only hotel in the Speicherstadt. Located in the port of Hamburg, the Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world with buildings standing on timber-pile foundations. With its rich history of over 200 years, it was awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site on 5 July 2015.

The four-star AMERON Hotel Speicherstadt offers free WiFi, TV, air conditioning, a Vitality Spa, a restaurant, a bar and a stunning view over the Hafencity district. Several good restaurants are in walking distance (less than 400 m). The distance to the city center with its various museums, sight-seeing and shopping opportunities is roughly 1km, and can be reached conveniently via bus (ca. 5min, the bus stop is located directly in front of the hotel).

A block of 150 rooms has been reserved. The special rate is 125€ per night and room, with a minimum stay of three days. Included in the rate are wifi, use of the Vitality Spa on the 7th floor, newspapers and magazines, 24 hour reception, taxes and also breakfast each morning. The rooms are available from Sunday 3 p.m. to Friday 12 noon.
The rooms can be booked via email to reservierung@hotel-speicherstadt.de or via telephone (+49 40 638 5890). Please mention the code "_SNH-2018 CONFERENCE_"; this is required to access the reserved rooms.
In case of questions with booking, please write to reservierung@hotel-speicherstadt.de.

Location AMERON Hotel Speicherstadt: Am Sandtorkai 4, 20457 Hamburg, Germany


Image provided by © OpenStreetMap contributors

Apart from the conference venue and the hotel, the International Maritime Museum Hamburg and the DNV GL office are of special interest. The closest subway station to the hotel is 'Messberg'.

Location DNV GL: Brooktorkai 18 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Location International Maritime Museum Hamburg: Kaispeicher B, Koreastrasse 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany


Arrival by Airplane

Participants will arrive at the Hamburg Airport (HAM), located in the north of Hamburg. The distance to hotel and conference venue is roughly 12km, and can be traveled within 20-60min (car) or 30-40min (train) depending on connections and traffic.

Important Routes

Hamburg Airport to AMERON**** Hotel

Take one of the taxis waiting in front of the airport.

Alternatively, use the public transport: Between terminal 1 and 2 at the airport there is access to the urban trains. Take the S-train ("S-Bahn") S1 to the main train station ("Hauptbahnhof", trip duration ca. 25min, operates every 10min). Leave the main train station at the south-west exit and change to the bus line 6 in direction "Feldstraße". Get off the bus at the fifth stop ("Singapurstraße") and you can already see the hotel.

AMERON**** Hotel to Conference Venue

The conference venue is in walking distance (ca. 0.5 km, see map in section "Venue" above).

In case of rainy weather, go to the bus stop directly opposite the hotel (station "Singapurstrasse"). Take the bus line "6" or "602" (direction "U-Borgweg" or "Haupbahnhof"). Get off the bus at the first stop (station "Bei St. Annen").
From there you can see on your right hand side a street sign "Alter Wandrahm". Do not enter this street, since the entrence to the conference venue is located in the backside of the building!
Enter the parallel street righthand side directly after "Alter Wandrahm" (the street has no official name; it is located between the bridge and the Café; the street has a water channel on its lefthand side and on its righthand side is the "Deutsche Zoll Museum" (German customs museum)) and you will arrive after 200m walking at the conference venue.

Alternatively, taxis can be booked at the hotel.

Public Transport

Images provided by Hamburger Verkehrsverbund

Hamburg has a relatively good public transport system. Any spot in the city can be reached by train or bus, often faster than traveling by car.

All urban trains and buses are operated by the "HVV" (Hamburg public transport). The HVV has a website and a mobile app, where you can find ticket prices and the quickest route to your destination:

Urban Trains

There are two types of inner city trains, U-Bahn and S-Bahn (U- and S-train). There is no real difference except that the U-Bahn travels more underground (thus "U") and the S-Bahn is more overground. Most trains come and go in 5-10min intervals the whole day long, with a few hours break roughly between midnight and 4 a.m.

HVV ticket machines are available at every U- and S-train station. The ticket machines work in several languages, including English. The ticket is directly valid from the moment of purchase on.


Buses are available at all hours, although the nightliners run with larger time intervals between them.

Always enter buses at the front and show the driver your HVV ticket (if you already have one), or buy a ticket directly from the driver.


At many points within the city, red bicycles can be rent and returned ("StadtRAD"). The first 30min are free of charge. An online registration is necessary. If interested, click here.


Taxis in Hamburg can be recognized by their pale yellow finish and their taxi sign on top. For websites and phone numbers of most of Hamburgs taxi companies, click here.

Car Hire

Seven companies offer car hire in terminal 2 of the airport. However, finding parking spaces within the inner city can be complicated. It is usually cheaper, faster and more convenient to use public transport.

Hamburg Area Information

Images provided by www.mediaserver.hamburg.de / Christian Spahrbier and Andreas Vallbracht (right image only)

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany, with a population of over 1.7 million people. It is known for its port, Europe's second largest. Further, Hamburg offers a wide variety of culture and entertainment, featuring museums, musicals, concerts and much more.

For more information on the city and its attractions, see for example the following websites:


In Hamburg the average low and high temperatures during August are 13.3 °C (55.9 °F) and 22.5 °C (72.5 °F). Due to the maritime climate the actual temperatures during your stay may deviate considerably from the above averages. For the current Hamburg weather forcast, click here.

To be safe, bring clothes for both rainy and sunny weather. "California casual" is appropriate for daytime and most evening outings and is acceptable for all conference activities. A sweater or light jacket is suggested for the evenings.

Important Dates

Abstracts due August 10, 2017
Abstract acceptance mailing date November 1, 2017
Papers due February 28, 2018
OPC Comments Due to Authors June 1, 2018
Regular registration deadline June 15, 2018
Written discussions due (by two discussers) June 18, 2018
Final papers due (for Symposium pre-prints) July 2, 2018
Late registration deadline July 20, 2018
Symposium Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10, 2018
Final papers with discussion responses due (for Proceedings)     November 30, 2018




Regular € 850 (Available until June 15, 2018)
Late € 900 (Available until July 20, 2018)


Regular € 650 (Available until June 15, 2018)
Late € 700 (Available until July 20, 2018)
*Not available for sale on-site. A student ID will be required at check-in.


€ 850 (Available until July 20, 2018)

Registration fees include: all symposium sessions August 6 - August 10, lunch, coffee & tea breaks on Mon-Fri, welcome reception on Sunday, social program and symposium dinner on Thursday.

Registration Form

Here will follow the link to the registration form.

For Authors

Abstract submission is closed. We thank all authors who have contributed abstracts.

Papers are due by February 28, 2018. The link to the paper upload form was distributed via email along with the acceptance notification for the abstracts.

For detailed information on paper submission and style guidelines, as well as for paper templates (Microsoft Word or LaTeX), click below:

Paper Submission and Style Guidelines

Paper Template (Microsoft Word)

Paper Template (LaTeX)

Call for Abstracts


Sunday, August 5, 2018

17:00 - 21:00    Registration at the Former Main Customs Office Hamburg
19:00 - 21:00    Welcoming reception at the Former Main Customs Office Hamburg

Monday, August 6, 2018

08:30 - 17:30    Conference Sessions at Former Main Customs Office Hamburg

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

08:30 - 17:30    Conference Sessions at Former Main Customs Office Hamburg

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

08:30 - 12:00     Conference Sessions at Former Main Customs Office Hamburg
13:00 - 16:00   Ship cruise through the port of Hamburg,
17:00 - 21:00    walking city tour with guide in Lüneburg and dinner at a typical
old German restaurant

Thursday, August 9, 2018

08:30 - 17:30    Conference Sessions at Former Main Customs Office Hamburg
18:00 - 21:00    Symposium Dinner

Friday, August 10, 2018

08:30 - 16:15    Conference Sessions at Former Main Customs Office Hamburg
16:15 - 19:00    Farewell Reception

The above program is preliminary. Times and events may change.

Further Information:

PDF with detailed conference program and social program

PDF with information on invited speakers and Weinblum Lecturer


Organizing and Paper Selection Committee

Dr. Thomas Fu   
Dr. Ki-Han Kim   
Dr. Woei-Min Lin   
Office of Naval Research (US)
Dr. Arthur Reed    Naval Sea Systems Command (US)
Dr. Joseph Gorski    Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (US)
Dr. Ronald Joslin    National Science Foundation (US)
Prof. Steven Ceccio    University of Michigan (US)
Prof. Parviz Moin (31st SNH host)    Stanford University (US)
Dr. Emilio F. Campana (Area representative for Europe)    National Research Council -- Marine Technology Research Institute (CNR-INSEAN) (Italy)
Dr. Michel Visonneau (Area representative for Europe)    École Centrale de Nantes, (ECN) (France)
Prof. Masashi Kashiwagi (Area representative for Asia)    Osaka University (Japan)
Prof. Richard Sandberg (Area representative for Asia)    University of Melbourne (Australia)
Prof. Moustafa Abdel-Maksoud (32nd SNH host)    Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) (Germany)

Local Organizing Committee

Prof. Moustafa Abdel-Maksoud   
M.Sc. Robinson Perić   
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Prof. Andrés Cura Hochbaum    Technical University of Berlin (TUB)
Prof. Bettar Ould el Moctar    University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Nikolai Kornev    University of Rostock
Dr.-Ing. Karsten Hochkirch    DNV GL
Dr.-Ing. Dirk Jürgens    Voith Turbo Schneider Propulsion GmbH & Co. KG (VOITH)
Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Sichermann    ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH


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Fax: +49 40 428 78-60 55
E-mail: m.abdel-maksoud@tuhh.de


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