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