This group’s expertise is concentrated on hydrodynamic loads on floating structures, and focuses on mooring systems, dynamic positioning (DP) and vortex-induced vibrations (VIV). We analyse wave loads and loading effects on floating structures, as well as model testing in the Ocean Basin and the Towing Tank for moored and dynamically positioned platforms and vessels.
Ocean Oil and Gas
Oil and gas
Technological development and innovation are becoming ever more important as means of reducing cost levels and improving the competitiveness of Norway’s national and international petroleum industry. MARINTEK operates world-class laboratories that focus on developing technologies for the petroleum sector.
The Offshore Structures group has long experience and internationally recognised expertise in both theoretical and experimental hydrodynamics. Much of our activity is based on MARINTEK’s hydrodynamic laboratories, but we also possess world-leading expertise in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and numerical hydrodynamics.
We combine laboratory experience with scientific expertise in the development of numerical analysis methods and software, and many of our products in this field are in everyday use by operating companies and the supply industry all over the world. We also support industry through analyses and calculations that draw on our scientific expertise, experimental data and practical experience. The project portfolio of MARINTEK's Offshore Petroleum Department is based on four main elements, which often operate in combination:
1. Marine hydrodynamics
2. Marine construction technology
3. Laboratory experiments
4. Software development
Our activities are primarily oriented towards the petroleum sector, but we also contribute to MARINTEK's activities in the fields of transportation, renewable energy, aquaculture and new ocean industries. We perform projects for operating companies and the supply industry all over the world.
Better planning improves efficiency and safety
MARINTEK has been a participant in the Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry (SFI Centre), along with central partners in the petroleum sector.Ongoing for seven years the research program ended on 31.12.2014.
Emergency landings tested in ship-model tank
Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has been carrying out model tests in MARINTEK’s ship-model tank in order to study emergency landings on water and helicopters’ subsequent seaworthiness. Very few test facilities anywhere in the world perform tests of this sort today.
Joint European research project on submarines (SUBMOTION)
As part of an international consortium consisting of MARINTEK and CNR-INSEAN, with the Norwegian and Italian navies, MARINTEK has been working for the past several years in research on the manoeuvring characteristics of submarines.
SINTEF Ocean – merging SINTEF's marine research into one institute
SINTEF is merging its ocean research activities into one new institute, called SINTEF Ocean. The ambition is to strengthen our position as a world-leader in the fields of marine technology and biomarine research.
Aquaculture industry needs innovative thinking
Industry, biologists and engineers will need to cooperate more closely if Norway is to maintain its position as a leading marine nation.