Welcome to SINTEF Ocean at OTC
Welcome to SINTEF Ocean at OTC
SINTEF Ocean (formerly MARINTEK) conducts research and development related to the Ocean Space. Our ambition is to strengthen Norway’s world leading position in the offshore, marine and bio-marine technology fields. We develop innovative solutions for sustainable use of the Ocean environment in close partnership with industry and government. The company has 340 employees and based in Trondheim, Norway.
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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.
Marine Cybernetics Laboratory
The Marine Cybernetics Laboratory is a wave basin, especially suited for tests of marine control systems, due to the relatively small size and advanced instrumentation package. It is also suitable for more specialized hydrodynamic tests (for example forced motion tests), mainly due to the advanced towing carriage, which has capability for precise movement of models in 6 degrees of freedom. Flow measurements can be performed using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) technique.
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.
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.
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.
DROPS — Dynamic Response of Offshore Pipelines on the Seabed
Subsea pipelines are designed to transport high temperature and often hot toxic hydrocarbons, while interacting with the seafloor and environmental actions. Precise and reliable modelling of this interaction is of key importance in order to obtain a robust yet cost effective design.
Invitation to a Joint Industry Project on Damping in Umbilicals, Cables and Flexible Pipes
Invitation to joint industry project.
Safe and Cost Effective Operation of Flexible Pipes
In order to improve reliability related to operation of flexible risers there is need for cooperation, improvements and systematic work. The starting point should be an industry consensus of what is the current status and secondly promote and obtain standardization. With this as the background the JIP - Safe and Cost Effective Operation of Flexible Pipes was established in 2011 as a combined effort between Marintek (SINTEF Ocean)/NTNU and 4Subsea AS.
Hybrid Model Testing for Extreme Marine Environments
Real-Time Hybrid Model Testing is the science of combining advanced simulations, state-of-the-art experimental methods with active control system into a novel approach, to verify the safety and efficiency of marine structures and operations.
Validation of shiphandling simulation models (SimVal)
Important work on the validation of shiphandling manoeuvring models is being conducted in the R&D project SimVal (“Sea Trials and Model Tests for Validation of Shiphandling Simulation Models”, founded by the Research Council of Norway).
Emergency landings for helicopters
Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has been carrying out model tests in our 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.
Improved analysis models for bottom-fixed offshore wind turbines
As an R&D partner in NOWITECH (Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology), SINTEF Ocean have been actively involved in developing robust numerical tools for the design and modelling of bottom-fixed offshore wind turbines.
Unmanned ships of the future
The European Union project MUNIN (Maritime Unmanned Navigation through intelligence in Networks) is studying the possibilities of realising a completely unmanned ship by looking at the need for new sensor systems, improved maintenance methods, legislation, environmental friendliness, communications and shore support functions.
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.
Validation of a new method for determining the operational limits of freefall lifeboats
In collaboration with Statoil and TNO - Netherlands, SINTEF has developed and validated a novel methodology for determining the operational limits of free-fall lifeboats.