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INNOVATION & RESEARCH
I1. STC :: rigging performance :: Having developed a framework and methodology for checking standing rigging loads to validate pre-tension and the general rig tuning, the ongoing study is focused on harvesting data in stress-critical areas of the mast and standing rigging. An array of load cells is deployed to collect operation-specific data whilst racing.  data such as e.g. broaching, crash-gybes, or delayed application of running backstays.
I2. Classic yachts :: rating systems :: The ongoing research is focused on classic yacht performance and validation of different rating systems. Our benchmark has started with the Mediterranean classic racing season of 2014 under the CIM rating. Over the last four years we have optimised various deck arrangements, rig set-ups and design solutions. More information about the 2018 program can be found here.
I3. FLS :: Floodable Length Surfaces is a novel tool and methodology that supports subdivision design in preliminary design stages. FLS is to a ship what an x-ray is to the human body. It helps to spot local vulnerabilities. Adopting a probabilistic approach, it enables transparent identification of local vulnerabilities to flooding along the ship length. Users can rapidly understand and identify the implication of adding, deleting or moving transverse and longitudinal bulkheads in their designs. This methodology was recognised in 2009 with the RINA & LR Ship Safety award.
I4. Mooring Analysis for yachts :: With vast amount of work deployed in the design & operations of sailing and motor yachts, there are still regular occurrences of partial & total loss of yachts resulting from mooring failure during storms. With the preparation of Exploration Yachts in mind, this research focuses on the absorption of peak loads which result in anchor dragging, line failure and windlass failure. According to Val Martin “this methodology is proven and its applicability ranges from oil rigs to rubber ducks”. [Published in The Yacht Report May 2010]
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