SINTEF Ocean Offshore wind
The theoretical potential for offshore wind energy is very large. In principle, it would be possible to meet seven times Europe’s energy requirements, and four times those of the USA. SINTEF is an active participant in the development of offshore wind power through research, software development, model testing and development of new operating strategies.
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.
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 to our clients.
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.
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.
Circulating Water Tunnel
The new Circulating Water Tunnel (CWT) is a test facility dedicated to optical measurement techniques and flow visualization. The tank's measurement section is completely transparent and can be operated either with a free surface or the lid closed.
Internationalization of Norwegian offshore wind industry
Europe needs more green energy. Offshore wind power is an expanding market for Norwegian maritime industry.
New ocean energy concepts
SINTEF is involved in projects concerning novel concepts and innovative solutions for ocean energy, such as DeepWind and FAROFF, supported by the European Union and the Research Council of Norway.
Innovative vortex-induced vibration test rig launched
SINTEF has designed and manufactured the test rig that mainly will be used for full scale vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) testing of risers and other type of cylindrical structures.
This is where tomorrow’s offshore wind technology is being tested
The industry is predicting a bright future for floating offshore wind farms. An entirely new concept has recently been tested in Trondheim.