The shipping industry is highly diverse and encompasses the carriage of goods by sea, along the coast and by inland waterways. A great deal of research is conducted into energy carriers and powertrains to make vessels more environmentally friendly. In this context, the CHyPS project has recently been launched.
May 2022 - Apr 2024
Intercluster project, National project

The CHyPS project, which stands for Clean Hydrogen Propulsion for Ships, is aimed at paving the way for a fully-fledged numerical toolbox, through the simulation of various components of a vessel’s propulsion system driven by clean fuels such as (liquid) hydrogen, e-methane or methanol.

This project is therefore aimed at the development of high-fidelity 3D numerical models for several critical components for which no adequate simulation models are currently available, such as a fuel tank for clean cryogenic fuels and a combustion engine using such fuels.

In a second step, a new machine learning methodology is used to convert these high-fidelity models into simpler yet realistic models that require considerably less computing time. With a view to valorisation, these models are integrated into a ready-made simulation platform.

When developing critical models within this project, the project partners strive to ensure that the future simulation platform can be used for various vessel types and a wide range of sailing profiles.

In addition to the state of the art, the project encompasses the following innovative elements:

  • Development of detailed models of the physical processes in the fuel tank and chemical reactions in the combustion engine;
  • Focus on future fuels not having any impact on the environment, including hydrogen, e-methane and methanol;
  • Focus on scale laws: it will be possible to implement the models for different usages, e.g. a vessel’s size or capacity;
  • Focus on the dynamic aspect, such as different load profiles.

Partners: Ghent University (research group Sustainable Thermo-Fluid Energy Systems) and von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (research group Propellant Management Systems).

Clusters involved: VIL and Blue Cluster

With the support of: VLAIO (Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Contact: Kristien Veys