At a glance
US-based MiNO Marine outsourced its HPC infrastructure to the Nimbix Cloud for accelerated engineering analyses that helped the company make waves in a well-established market.
- Designed the world’s largest cylindrical lift boat with legs that extend 335 feet.
- Designed and optimized a new class of offshore wind turbine installation ship.
- Designed a 6,000-horsepower towboat with a unique hull design that became a differentiator with ships in production in under a year.
“MiNO Marine’s diversification strategy required penetrating a mature market of well-respected ship designers and builders, so we needed to design more than just another towboat. JARVICE™ and the Nimbix Cloud accelerated our analysis capabilities in computational fluid dynamics, allowing us to deliver an all-new hull design based on modern engineering techniques. Ultimately, that differentiator sold our design to the market, and we had these new boats under construction inside a year”.
David M. Bourg, PhD PE,
Founder and Managing Partner, MiNO Marine LLC
MiNO Marine, LLC (MiNO) is a Louisiana-based naval architecture and marine professional services firm started in 1997, with services ranging from marine vessel concept design to full vessel production drawing packages. Today, it performs full spectrum ship design, primarily for the offshore and oil and gas market. Recently the company has diversified into more specialized crafts including high-speed vessels, self-elevating boats for offshore wind construction and maintenance, and dredging and inland river craft. More at MiNO Marine | Naval Architecture & Marine Professional Services.
Entering choppy waters
Engineering design for river towboats hadn’t changed much in decades, and the major players had become comfortable. To break into this market, MiNO Marine had to develop a fundamentally different ship design. For that, it needed the resources of an HPC partner like Nimbix.
Vessel design and engineering at MiNO requires advanced high-end analysis involving simulations of hydrodynamics, seakeeping analyses, and resistance and power analyses. MiNO leveraged a computational fluid dynamics software, Star-CCM+, to help with ship hull design, allowing it to optimize hull forms for resistance, minimize power required to push the vessel through the water, and solve even more difficult problems like seakeeping and estimating the massive forces generated by impacting waves.
However, David M. Bourg, Founder and Managing Partner, knew that the sheer computing resources needed to run these simulations far exceeded that of the firm’s desktop computers. The simulations would run for days, lengthening the time required to complete and deliver their clients’ projects. In addition, MiNO didn’t want to invest in its own HPC cluster, as HPC servers were cost prohibitive for a company of its size.
Plus, the MiNO team were scientists and engineers, not infrastructure experts, and keeping such a costly investment up to date wasn’t something they were equipped for. To deliver real value to its customers, MiNO needed a cost-effective, high-performance computing platform to speed up its simulations and analyses, without the burden of having to maintain it on its own.
Full steam ahead!
MiNO Marine used the Nimbix Cloud powered by JARVICE to accelerate the execution of simulations using the Star-CCM+ program and then analyze the results of its simulations. This HPC application accurately simulates the behavior of fluids, liquids, and gases as they interact with solid boundaries — such as the hull of a ship or an offshore drilling platform — as well as modeling heat transfer and other physics. Running Star-CCM+ within the Nimbix platform, MiNO can simulate the flow of water around a ship as it moves through both seawater and fresh water, as well as the pressure and impact of waves of differing intensities. This allows MiNO’s engineers-designers to model the ship accurately and geometrically, accounting for variable properties like mass/weight, shape, and center of gravity without the need to create potentially hundreds of physical prototypes.
The result is the accurate assessment of pressures that are acting on the ship under different conditions, as well as how much force is required to drive a ship through the water at a certain speed. From there, the team can alter the design geometry of the ship to improve its performance, maximize safety, and minimize the power required to propel it forward.
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“The speed, ease of use, and cost efficiencies we get from partnering with Nimbix, not to mention the incredible technical support they provide us, allow us to meet and beat our clients’ deadlines and expectations. It’s been key to our making our mark on an otherwise mature engineering market in record time.”
David M. Bourg, PhD PE
Founder and Managing Partner, MiNO Marine LLC