ABS appoints Chief Scientist for CFD

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Dr Richard Korpus
Dr Richard Korpus
Dr Richard Korpus

Classification society ABS has announced the appointment of Dr Richard Korpus as Chief Scientist, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

In his role, Mr Korpus, who is based at the company headquarters in Houston, will support the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the organisation through his focus on developing and applying CFD technology.

“We see technology as the road forward,” said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J Wiernicki. “It is a fundamental part of our business strategy, and Richard will be integral to keeping ABS in a technology leadership position.”

The creation of this Chief Scientist position is the most recent step in the continuing process of technology investment at ABS.

“The focus on technology is critical in today’s rapidly changing operating environment,” said ABS CTO Todd Grove.

“While ABS has had CFD capabilities for many years, advancements in solvers and computing power coupled with analysis demands ranging from eco-hull forms to deepwater risers and offshore wind have brought this technology to the fore. Having a Chief Scientist for CFD allows ABS to bring these advances to bear to develop solutions to meet industry demands.

“In his new role, Mr Korpus is the corporate technical authority on CFD applications for marine and offshore. He will oversee CFD policy, procedures, long-range planning, tools, capabilities and services and will play a vital role in making sure ABS continues to provide technology capabilities to support industry needs.”

Earlier this year ABS’ Operational and Environmental Performance team (OEP) began offering industry services in support of asset optimisation. Assessing the energy efficiency of new designs and optimising retrofits to existing vessels are focal points of OEP’s services, the company said. 

Mr Korpus comes to ABS from Advanced Fluid Technologies, where he was the Principal Scientist since its founding in 2000. Prior to AFT, his positions included 12 years as a Senior Scientist with Science Applications International Corporation. For more than 25 years Korpus has applied and developed these methods to enable practical marine design and optimisation problems.

“CFD has the potential to change how the most challenging problems will be solved in the future,” said Mr Korpus. “This organization has a reputation as an industry leader, and I am looking forward to helping ABS position itself to bring advanced CFD technology into the very heart of its marine assessment and classification business areas.”