March 21, 2013

Seminar: Friendship-Framework software for simulation-driven design

Friday, March 22 10:30-12:30 pm, 5-134
For more information and registration, please contact Maria Riefstahl, 5-228,

MIT Sea Grant Assistant Director for Research, Stefano Brizzolara, together with the Center for Ocean Engineering at MIT MECHE, will host a seminar with guest speakers, Stefan Harries and Claus Abt from Friendship Systems to discuss their software for simulation-driven design.

Increasing ship energy efficiency and complying with environmental regulations like IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index demand advanced technologies for optimizing hull forms. Top-performing ship hulls are potentially decisive to succeed in the competition for customers and market position. Owing to the market’s overcapacity, customers demand better product performance and a better price. Simulation-driven design is a technology that allows designers to develop better designs in shorter time. The introduction of simulation-driven design increasingly gives leading ship yards, design offices and model basins the competitive edge for fast and successful hull design.

The FRIENDSHIP-Framework offers simulation-driven design solutions for effective hull form development. It is the only software that is particularly suited for hull form optimization - from engineers for engineers. After introducing the main philosophy and capabilities of the integrated framework, some examples of hull form design by optimization will be presented, including some recent developments of the MIT Innovative Ship Design Lab together with MIT Sea Grant.


Stefan Harries is Managing Director of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS GmbH. He is responsible for research and development regarding simulation-driven design on the basis of the CAD-CFD integration platform FRIENDSHIP-Framework. His experience comprises: parametric modelling, formal optimization and hydrodynamic simulation. He founded FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS in 2001 after studying in Germany and the USA.

Claus Abt is also Managing Director and co-founder of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS. Claus studied naval architecture in Berlin and has spent several years on research and development of advanced CAE software reaching from automotive applications to shipbuilding. Today he is responsible for the product development of the FRIENDSHIP-Framework as well as software implementation and training at their customers' sites.

Stefano Brizzolara is Assistant Director for Research at MIT Sea Grant and Professor of Ocean Engineering at MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in the intelligent integration and application of CFD tools for the design of innovative unconventional high speed hull forms and propulsion devices.


Body plan and wave patterns predicted for the original (top) and optimized (bottom) versions of commercial ship with bulbous bow during the optimization made in Friendship Framework.