Naval Architecture

Research in Naval Architecture focuses on the mitigation of the carbon footprint of marine transport and on the performance improvement of racing yachts.

The carbon emissions of the current merchant fleet account for more than 3% of the global emissions and are expected to increase by a factor of 3 by 2050. There is an urgent need to develop novel flow control mechanisms to decrease the hull resistance and novel wind-assisted propulsion systems to decrease the oil fuel consumption.

Offshore sailing has become one of the sports allowing the highest revenue boost to local economies. For instance, the direct and indirect financial impacts of the America’s Cup on the hosting region are only 20% lower than the impact of the FIFA World Cup. Research on yacht engineering allows supporting the nautical industry and promoting high-quality green and sport values.

Theme leader: Ignazio Maria Viola

Research areas within this research theme:
  • Flow control
  • Wind-assisted propulsion
  • Hull and appendages hydrodynamics
  • Sail aerodynamics
  • Routing strategies
     
Unmanned multihull with Flettner rotors for the mitigation of global warming
Unmanned multihull with Flettner rotors for the mitigation of global warming
Unique flow features of yacht sails allow extraordinary fluid dynamic efficiency
Unique flow features of yacht sails allow extraordinary fluid dynamic efficiency
The difference in hydrodynamic resistance between the fastest and the slowest boat in the America’s Cup is smaller than 0.1%
The difference in hydrodynamic resistance between the fastest and the slowest boat in the America’s Cup is smaller than 0.1%