|Title: Using a Bridge Simulator during the Early Design-Stage to Evaluate Manoeuvrability|
|Written by: Wilfried Abels, Lars Greitsch|
|in: Compit, Liege 2008|
Abstract: A bridge simulator is a useful tool for receiving information about the behaviour of a ship. Contrary to physical simulation tools, which are able to calculate the characteristics of a ship design, a bridge simulator can show how a ship design will perform within its natural environment. The classical use of a bridge simulator is training the crew. The numerical models are adjusted mostly by results of model and full-scale tests, but such test results are not available during the design stage of a ship. Therefore numerical simulations have to identify the behaviour of the ship, still within the project stage. In the past, a wide range of numerical methods have already been implemented. The coupling of such "First-Principle-Methods" with a bridge simulator will be presented.