Multi-objective optimisation as an early design tool for smart ship internal arrangement

Panagiotis Louvros, Evangelos Boulougouris, Andrea Coraddu, Dracos Vassalos, Gerasimos Theotokatos

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Modern optimisation methodologies have revolutionised the engineering sector and pave the way for innovation. In ship design, this has been spearheaded by the introduction of the Holistic Design approach that allows more attributes and performances of the end product to be assessed accurately and concurrently even at the early design phase. In this respect, the authors present herein a methodology based on the optimisation of the functionalities that the general arrangement needs to provide (in this case; adjacency, noise and evacuation flow). The methodology allows for a large optimisation space, several objectives and intrinsic control by the user at all the stages. By re-arranging the location of the spaces onboard, in relation to their position on the hull as well as between themselves, significant improvements can be achieved. More functional objectives can be incorporated through modularity and penalty functions, keeping the overall process simple and flexible to adapt to fluid early design requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalShips and Offshore Structures
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Genetic algorithm
  • general arrangements optimisation
  • ship design
  • concept design

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