Pelican Performance Prediction Software

Pelican is our state-of-the-art Performance Prediction Program for wind-assisted ships, it ensures prompt and accurate evaluations to support your design process and investment analysis.

Built on 10+ years PhD research, Pelican is a design and decision support software that can be readily customized to satisfy the most diverse needs. The core of the software comprises two main parts: the in-house aero/hydrodynamic force modules, and the optimization solver. The tool has been developed with the highest flexibility to configure trim variables specific to wind-assist ships and to provide the results that matter to you.

The unique feature of Pelican is the built-in force module for the aero and hydrodynamics. Thanks to Pelican built-in force modules, it is possible to avoid expensive CFD or model tests and obtain quick and reliable performance predictions that can support your design process and investment analysis.

For the aerodynamics, the software can count on a large database of wind propulsion systems comprising Flettner rotors, Wingsails, Turbosails, and Kitesails. A wind-tunnel validated mathematical model is used to capture the aerodynamic interaction effects in case multiple wind systems are installed on the same vessel.

For the hydrodynamics, the software can rely on an extensive dataset derived from more than 1500 validated CFD simulations on 60 hull variants representing a broad range of ship types (from bulk carriers to RoPax ferries to LNG carriers), in which the speed, heel and drift angle of the vessel were systematically adjusted to account for the WASP-induced effects like resistance increase and sideforce generation. Based on this dataset, and thanks to a sophisticated AI (Artificial Intelligence) interpolation routine, Pelican accurately calculates the necessary hydrodynamic forces and moments using nothing more than the ship's main geometrical parameters. 

Pelican is designed to offer a great level of accuracy solely relying on its built-in force modules. Nonetheless, the software supports the use of customized aero-hydrodynamic data, sourced from dedicated CFD simulations or model experiments, for specific applications or in case this is necessary.

What are the advantages

  • Quick and reliable performance predictions
  • No need for expensive CFD or model experiments
  • No need for 3D CAD models or hull lines
  • Highly flexible and customizable to deliver the best results
  • Built on the results of 10+ years PhD research

 Wind-assisted propulsion is the new promising technology that today can ensure double-digit fuel savings. 

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