Artemis Technologies, which is leading a programme to develop a new class of zero-emission high speed vessels, has unveiled its mechanical hardware in the loop (mHIL) simulator and digital twin capability in Northern Ireland.
The company will use the mHIL simulator to streamline the development process and prototyping of the company’s Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system and new green high-speed vessels, targeting the ferry and workboat markets.
There is nothing else like this in the world, it’s the most advanced of its kind, and it’s right here. Behind the device is all our collective learning, over 10 years and hundreds of millions of pounds in investment, learning about the marine environment and how vessels operate in that environment. The result is when we want to test something new, like a zero-emission vessel, we can confidently do that,
…said Dr Iain Percy OBE, CEO of Artemis Technologies, who unveiled the installation of the simulator ahead of the upcoming world-famous America’s Cup yacht race.
The mHIL simulator features a 4.5 metre high, 210 degree screen, which conveys images from three laser phosphor projectors, wrapped around a physical platform similar to those used for flight and motorsport simulators.
This forms part of Artemis Technologies’ cooperation with Belfast Maritime Consortium, aiming to create the first ever zero-emission high-speed fast ferry.
As this has never been done before, by definition, you need a digital twin. It is a representation of all the same physical forces you experience on the water, including the wind, the waves, the boat itself, and how it performs. Out of that, we create a digital environment where we can test new equipment, we can train crew and improve the whole system, without actually having to build anything,
According to Dr. Percy, the net result of a digital twin manufacturing environment is huge productivity gains.
Where you used to have to produce a number of different prototypes followed by learning from your mistakes, now you can literally test tens of thousands of prototypes in the digital world to arrive at the optimal solution, before you have to make anything physical. The power of the digital twin is lower cost, better product, reduced waste, in a shorter time.