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NextFlow, developing next-generation CFD software

Published on January 25, 2019 Updated on January 28, 2019
Nextflow Software is an innovative startup and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and hydrodynamics.
Numerical simulation is of major concern in industrial design and manufacturing processes, completing or replacing expensive, effort-prone and lengthy prototypes and field tests. The fluid mechanics laboratory of Ecole Centrale Nantes has been developing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solvers of highest academic level for more than 30 years.

In 2007, Erwan Jacquin and Centrale Nantes created HydrOcean with the objective of industrializing and distributing software developed in research labs, and transforming academic leadership into industrial leadership. In order to reach this goal and sustain significant investments and efforts, HydrOcean developed a profitable services business in the marine and offshore markets.

In September 2015, Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification, acquired HydrOcean’s services business and integrated the business and its employees into their Marine & Offshore branch, in order to address international markets and finance research at Centrale Nantes through an industrial Research Chair. In 2018, HydrOcean and Tecnitas merged into a single legal entity named Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore, part of Bureau Veritas Group.

Nextflow Software is a spin off from the HydrOcean acquisition and was founded in 2015 by Erwan Jacquin and Centrale Nantes as a privately-held Independent Software Vendor (ISV) startup, headquartered in Nantes, France.

Nextflow Software develops and sells advanced Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Nextflow Software co-owns and co-develops with Centrale Nantes labs the Intellectual Property (IP) of numerous innovative solvers, and develops its own IP adding value around these solvers.

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The Bureau Veritas - Centrale Nantes Chair

The Bureau Veritas - Centrale Nantes Chair in "Hydrodynamics and Marine Structures" was established in March 2016 in the presence of Arnaud Poitou, Director of Centrale Nantes, Philippe Donche-Gay, President of the Offshore Marine Division of Bureau Veritas, Erwan Jacquin, President and founder of HydrOcean and Nextflow and David Le Touzé, Chair.
The work of this research chair focuses on ship safety, interacting bodies and flexible connections, swell performance.

Published on January 25, 2019 Updated on January 28, 2019