Aquaculture Industry

Aquaculture Industry

Increase efficiency and secure values

Increase the efficiency and safety of the fish farm plant with the use of AquaSim. Most mooring- and structural analyses related to the Norwegian aquaculture industry utilize AquaSim to determine the capacity of the plant. Well suited for slender structures exposed to large deformations and nonlinear behavior. Specialized element models for rendering nylon net and tarps in combination with beams and trusses makes AquaSim unique in its capabilities. Typical areas of use in the Aquaculture industry:

  • Mooring analysis
  • Net structures
  • Impermeable lice skirts
  • Closed compartments
  • Floating rafts and barges
  • Shell structures
  • Long lines
  • Operations (de-lice, loading and de-loading, installation)

Mooring analysis

A mooring analysis documents how a moored system responds to environmental loads. This is an effective way to reveal the capacity of the mooring components. Utilizing truss-, beam- and membrane-elements to render ropes, chain, floating collars, and nets, AquaSim calculates the nature of any configuration.

Net structures

In classical fish farm plants, the net is the only barrier between the fish and open sea. Ensuring sufficient capacity is of importance regarding fish escapes. With AquaSim, the analyst may predict forces in the net and associated equipment for customized locations and environmental loads.

Impermeable lice skirts

Lice skirt is an effective tool for reducing challenges with salmon lice. At the same time, it contributes to enlarged forces in both the net pen and mooring system. This is due to water is prevented from flowing through the skirt and has to find a way around the obstacle. AquaSim has a special developed tool for modelling and analyzing this type of impermeable skirts, called Impermeable net. Lice

Closed compartments

As for impermeable nets, closed compartments introduces other load scenarios than in classical fish farms plants with nets. Optimize your idea to meet the harsh conditions at sea by applying AquaSim early in the design process.

Floating rafts and barges

Floating barges and rafts are simple in their design but are equipped with advanced tools for the daily operation of a fish farm plants. Due to the weight and size, a barge may behave much like a float in water. Making the mooring exposed to load peaks from the barge response. AquaSim may be applied for detection of probable load peaks and verification of the mooring’s contribution to global moment in the hull.


AquaSim predicts forces and stresses in time-domain, making it suited for analysis of operations. It may be applied for wellboat operations, loading- and deloading, lifting operations and many more. Analysis of operations contributes to increased safety level of the fish farm plant.