Artemis Technologies has unveiled a new powerboat simulation capability using its hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulator. This latest development from the green maritime innovator comes just as the company prepares to launch its revolutionary 11m Artemis eFoiler ® powered workboat.

The simulator has been fitted with a full-scale cabin housing a console and human-machine interface (HMI) identical to the 11m technology demonstrator, and will provide a valuable engineering tool and pilot training aid, while the company is developing a range of new zero-emission seaplanes.

It is the first bespoke powerboat cabin to be added to the simulator, following years of development in high performance yacht racing applications including the America’s Cup and SailGP.

Artemis Technologies CEO Dr Iain Percy OBE said:

“As a company, we have invested heavily in watercraft simulation for many years, with an emphasis on professional racing.

“Using our HIL simulator in this way allows us to accurately run the physical model of the workboat as it would be powered by the Artemis eFoiler®.

“In fact, we created a zero-emission electric foiling boat in the simulator, an incredibly powerful tool for engineering, training and systems control and development.

“This means we can test human-machine interface, flight controls and low-speed maneuvering systems in a range of real-world scenarios in a wide range of environments such as around wind farms or in docks, and various weather conditions.

“Using technology like this greatly streamlines the development and prototyping process, allowing us to bring our zero-emissions transformer vessels to market in a shorter time than would otherwise have been the case.” using traditional methods.

“As a result, we can expect to begin sea trials of the workboat in the very near future.”

Romain Ingouf, Technical Director, Artemis Technologies, adds:

“The simulator is a critical part of our development, and we used it extensively during early testing and validation of our flight control solutions for the 11m workboat.

“This allows us to gradually reduce the risk of the solution by gradually moving from the model in the loop, to the hardware in the loop before real-world testing.

“The system is very much like an autopilot on an airplane. This makes operations safer for the pilot, reducing the amount of thinking they need to do and allowing them to focus on key functionality, such as heading and speed control.

The workboat will have a cruising speed of 25 knots, a top speed of over 30 knots and an impressive range of 60 NM at cruising speed.

The development of the motorboat simulator was supported by the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CDMC), which was launched in March 2021 as part of the Prime Minister’s ten-point plan. Building on the vision set out in the Department for Transport’s 2019 Clean Maritime Plan, the competition has awarded up to £23,259,000 in matching funding to UK innovators to support the design and development of zero-emission ship technologies and greener ports through a series of technological trials. and feasibility studies.

Originally built for Artemis Racing when the team competed in the America’s Cup, the HIL simulator can be modified with cabin and cockpit variations depending on the requirements of the vessels to be tested, either by Artemis Technologies, or by third parties.

The HIL simulator features a central six-degree-of-freedom platform similar to those used for flight and motorsport simulators, with a 4.5-meter-high 210-degree screen, which transmits images from three laser projectors to phosphorus.
Source: Artemis Technologies