Platform approach for modularising battery electric fast ferries

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Seidenberg, Tobias (1); Disselkamp, Jan-Philipp (1); Jürgenhake, Christoph (1); Anacker, Harald (1); Dumitrescu, Roman (2); Papanikolaou, Apostolos (3)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Fraunhofer Research Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM;2: University of Paderborn;3: National technical university of Athens
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 2905-2914
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The transportation sector is responsible for a relevant share of the total emissions and offers great potentials. It is necessary to implement as many zero-emission mobility systems as possible in the shortest time. For fast ferries, which are a relevant transport manner for a large share of the global population, technical issues could be solved and the successful operation was demonstrated. Up to today high-speed ships have been fully individually designed because physical effects demand for an individual optimisation for each use-case. Specifically for battery electric ships the overall efficiency is crucial to ensure not only an ecological but also economical operation.

With today’s methods the design and production of such an individual designed ferry does take too long. To cover the rising demand, new approaches for mass production need to be established.

In this paper we describe a method for designing a platform for ships with the example of a battery electric fast ferry. The focus is on the actual modularisation, as other aspects like requirements or results of our example case are published elsewhere and are therefore just included briefly.

The method is validated on the world’s first battery powered high-speed ferry.

Keywords: Modularisation, Systems Engineering (SE), platform design, Complexity, Design methods

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