THE WILLIAM FROUDE CONFERENCE - "Advances in Theoretical and Applied Hydrodynamics, Past and Future"

24-25 November 2010, Portsmouth, UK 

Organised by:

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Lloyd's Register Strategic Research Group

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OverviewWilliam Froude

2010 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Froude, and the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, both of whom have made a significant contribution to advancing the understanding of hydrodynamics during their time. 

The William Froude international conference will provide an appropriate opportunity for those who are involved in the research, development and application of hydrodynamic to meet and discuss current and future advances in theoretical and applied hydrodynamics.  

The two-day conference will present 20 papers, with a session devoted to the work being undertaken by universities involved with the Lloyd's Register strategic hydrodynamic research programme.  Selected papers from this conference will also be presented in a special issue of the International Journal of Maritime Engineering. The conference will include a visit to the QinetiQ towing tank and exhibition at Haslar. 

William Froude

In tribute to William Froude and other individuals who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of hydrodynamics, the conference will also look at past developments, taking as its start point, William Froude's paper "On the Rolling of Ships".  Delegates to the conference will also receive a bound copy of the paper


The scope of the Conference will be broad, covering all the aspects of theoretical and applied hydrodynamics.  Topics will include:

William Froude, Hydrodynamics

o Linear and non-linear waves and currents
o Ocean dynamics
o Ship hydrodynamics for resistance, propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvrability and stability
o Ship hydrodynamics for impact problems (slamming, sloshing, impact, green water, wake flows and shock)
o Hydromechanics for the design of concept ship designs
o Computational fluid dynamics
o Advanced experimental techniques
o Multiphase flows
o Theoretical and mathematical hydrodynamics with emphasis on Euler equations
o Emerging numerical methods for the prediction of non linear hydro-structural loads (e.g. body non linear and large amplitude methods, RANS CFD, SPH, MPI, CIP etc.)
o Hydrodynamic reliability analysis for the prediction of global and local dynamic loads
o Ship hydro-structural design assessment methods
o Damaged ship hydromechanics and hydroplasticity

Photo courtesy of A.B.Phillips(University of Southampton)


Programme and Registration form

Please click here to download the William Froude Programme and Registration form

Or, please contact RINA on Tel: +44 (0) 20 7235 4622 Fax: +44 (0) 207259 5912 or Email:

Evening reception

Following the end of the conference on day one (24 October) delegates are invited to attend an evening drinks reception kindly hosted by Qinetiq at their facilities in Haslar. The evening will also include a short presentation on the life, work and legacy of William Froude and a tour of their hydrodynamic facilities. Transport to and from Haslar will be provided. 

Venue and Accommodation

This conference will be held at "Action Stations" at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (

The full address of the venue is:

19 College Road, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ

If you need to book any accommodation please contact our hotel reservation agent, The Corporate team Tel + 44 (0) 20 7828 1075 Fax + 44 (0) 20 7828 6439 e-mail: . Please quote ID Number 0182WF or visit to book online.

Sponsor and Exhibitors

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects enjoys a world-wide reputation for the outstanding quality of its international conferences, attracting speakers and delegates who are the acknowledged leaders in their fields. 

A number of cost effective opportunities are available including various sponsorship packages, exhibition space and literature distribution. If you would like to find out more about the promotional opportunities available please contact the conference department ( ) or click here to visit our Sponsorship and Exhibition information page

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