American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)- Numerical Modeling

Capabilities include:

  • Physical Modeling
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling
  • Extreme event modeling
  • Finite element analysis (FEA) modeling
  • Fluid-structure interaction modeling
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Mooring dynamics simulation
  • Operational modeling
  • Performance metrics analysis
  • Power performance modeling
  • Remote control survey boat
  • Risk management plan development
  • Risk reduction planning
  • Smooth particle hydrodynamics
  • Technology Performance Level assessment
  • Turbine hydrodynamics
  • WEC hydrodynamics
  • Array Integration Modeling
  • Environmental Modeling
  • High-fidelity CFD


ABS is the not-for-profit marine classification, standards, and technology organization for the U.S (as recognized in U.S. Code 46 §3316(a)). ABS has over 3,000 engineers, scientists, and marine surveyors with global expertise in the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of all types of marine assets. ABS research portfolio elements of interest for this work include: hydrodynamics and computational fluid dynamics; naval architecture and marine engineering; machinery, control systems, and automation; materials for the marine environment; in-service engineering and maintenance optimization; and sustainability/alternative energy for marine assets.

ABS provides a wide range of engineering analysis, modeling, and simulation support for the marine energy sector. This includes hydrodynamic modeling of wave and flow movements, structural analysis of marine energy equipment, mooring analysis, system reliability and safety modeling, and verification of alignment/conformance to applicable engineering and other technical standards.

ABS also provides independent verification/certification of marine energy systems under the ABS New Technology Qualification (NTQ) and Approval-In-Principle (AIP) processes. We have partnered with a number of private companies and academic institutions in supporting their development of marine energy technology.

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Point of Contact:
Dr. Gareth Burton –

Additional information

Numerical Modeling & Analysis

Array Integration Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeling, Environmental Modeling, Finite element analysis (FEA) modeling, Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling, High Performance Computing (HPC), Mooring Simulation, Operational Modeling, Performance Metrics Analysis, Performance Modeling, Physical Modeling, Risk Planning, Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics, Technology Performance Level Assessment, Turbine and WEC Hydrodynamics