JANUARY 20, 2022
The International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation (FAST) was held in Providence, Rhode Island on October 26th and 27th, and we at DLBA were thrilled to attend. Organized by our Director, Jeff Bowles, 23 technical papers were presented across two concurrent sessions over two days, and they never failed to keep the audience engaged. While attendance was lower than usual in the shadow of the pandemic, it was wonderful to be back face to face with a pool of like-minded professionals after such a long time interacting through our screens. Travel restrictions hindered the ability of the international authors to attend in-person, but they were able to pre-record their presentations and attend a Q+A sessions with the live audience via video conferencing. Our representatives at the conference have to say that FAST’s virtual solution was the best of any conference they have attended since the pandemic began.
DLBA employees Nick Husser and Joe Messler authored a paper on best practices in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of fast craft, which was well received by the audience. Nick authored two additional papers on evaluating the performance of stepped planing hulls using CFD and wedge water entry simulations. In fact, many other papers at the conference were focused on the application of CFD to FAST craft for fundamental research or design application. Other areas of particular focus were design case studies and prediction/mitigation of high-speed craft response in waves. While the technical papers and professional interactions are important at any conference, the highlight of FAST was a lunchtime presentation by Michael Morabito on the life of Dan Savitsky, a man whose work had a profound impact on everyone in attendance.
Anyone interested can contact SNAME to gain access to the conference proceedings. We at DLBA look forward to the next installment of FAST and continuing our contributions. We hope to see you there in the future!
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