SINTEF Ocean Maritime Transport
Atmospheric pollution is the biggest challenge facing the maritime sector. SINTEF Ocean contributes its expertise, test facilities and analytical tools to the development of safe, environmentally friendly solution for shipping. In the future, we will put even more effort into ship concept analysis, vessel performance, Big Data, autonomous ships and the Zero MARITIME Research Centre for Environmentally Friendly Energy.
Energy and Machinery Laboratory
The laboratory is amongst the best equipped independent engine laboratories in Scandinavia. Well developed installations with highly specialized experimental equipment, instrumentation and dataacquisition systems, and an experienced staff are crucial assets in provision of professional customized support and accredited services to our clients.
Marine Structures Laboratory
The main activities in the laboratory for marine structures are the testing of structures, structural components and materials. Typical problems involve fatigue testing, ultimate strength and collapse testing. Experimental work is often combined with analytical or numerical analysis.
The cavitation tunnel is used to investigate the hydrodynamic performance of different type of ship hulls, propulsors and other hydrodynamic objects. Propeller induced pressure fluctuations and noise as well as cavitation are investigated by means of measurements and high speed video observation. Propeller shaft and single propeller blade forces and moments can be measured using advanced in-house developed miniaturized instrumentation, in addition to standard thrust and torque measurements.
The Ocean Basin Laboratory is used for basic as well as applied research on marine structures and operations. A total environmental simulation including wind, waves and current offers a unique possibility for testing of models in realistic conditions. With a depth of 10 metres and a water surface of 50x80m the Ocean Basin Laboratory is an excellent tool for investigation of existing or future challenges within marine technology.
The models to be tested in the hydrodynamic laboratories at SINTEF Ocean are manufactured in our engineering workshop. In production of both hull- and propeller models, high accuracy and use of skilled experienced people are of the utmost importance.
The main activity of the towing tanks is related to investigation of hydrodynamic performance of ships. This includes resistance, propulsion, seakeeping in head and following seas, and directional stability tests with free running models. The tanks are equipped with two carriages: One for towing up to 10 m/s for traditional calm water tests and a second carriage for seakeeping tests and other tests performed with fixed or free-running models.
Greening the Fleet
Greening the Fleet – Sustainability transitions in the maritime shipping sector.
The GASVESSEL project provides a novel efficient and flexible method for transporting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). It introduces an innovative solution for manufacturing pressure cylinders that are 70% lighter than state-of-the-art alternatives.
SINTEF makes important contributions to autonomous maritime transport
The 21st of January marked the start of the four-year project AUTOSHIP. This self-propelled vessel research project is supported by EU's Horizon 2020 research programme. The project has a frame of more than 20 million euros, which is one of the largest allocations given to Norwegian players ever.
Transportation for the 21st Century
What will the future transport system look like? SINTEF will contribute to answering this, through participation in the government-designated strategy process Transport21.