Selected activities from previous years, including awards, keynote and guest lectures, exchanges and and media coverage.
Selected press clippings
NTNU får 10 millioner til terrorforskning
Hvordan beskytte byer, bygg og konstruksjoner mot bomber og terrorangrep? Nasjonal sikkerhetsmyndighet (NSM) bevilger 10 millioner til forskningsprosjekt på SIMLab ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) som skal undersøke dette.
-Dette er en helt fantastisk julegave! Det er meget hyggelig at NSM med ansvar for objektsikkerhet i Norge støtter undervisning og forskning ved NTNU. Riggen vi bygger vil gjøre det mulig å studere hvordan konstruksjoner oppfører seg når de blir utsatt for en eksplosjonslast. Resultatene vil bli brukt til å validere datamaskinmodeller som kan brukes til å studere konsekvensen av for eksempel en terrorhandling. Videre så er det meget hyggelig at NSM er partner i vår søknad om et nytt Senter for forskningsdrevet innovasjon, sier direktør for SIMLab, Magnus Langseth.
SIMLab vil blant annet jobbe med et prosjekt om hvordan ulike typer sikringsmaterialer og konstruksjoner oppfører seg i møte med bombeeksplosjoner og andre typer belastninger. Støtten til sentret blir gitt med 2 millioner i 2013, og deretter over en åtte-årsperiode med 1 million kroner i året frem til 2022.
- Prosjektsamarbeidet med SIMLab på NTNU vil gi NSMs miljø for objektsikkerhet og fysisk sikring tilgang til vitenskapelige tester av høyeste internasjonale kvalitet. Et slikt prosjekt vil danne grunnlag for utvikling av bedre og mer tilpassede sikringstiltak for verdier som må beskyttes, sier avdelingsdirektør Carsten Rapp i Nasjonal sikkerhetsmyndighet.
NSM har ansvaret for å gi råd om og føre tilsyn med objektsikkerhet i Norge. Gjennom deltakelse i prosjektet vil NSM ha mulighet til å styre og bestille ulike typer tester. Direktoratet vil blant annet kunne bruke testene til å verifisere hvordan ulike sikringstiltak og materialer reagerer på fysiske påkjenninger som eksplosjoner, prosjektiler, kollisjoner og så videre.
Også Forsvarsbygg, som NSM har et faglig samarbeid med om objektsikkerhet, har i mange år hatt et nært samarbeid med SIMLab som kommer til å fortsette for fullt i årene fremover.
Teknisk Ukeblad har også skrevet som denne saken, se den her: http://www.tu.no/bygg/2013/12/23/bygger-sjokkror-for-a-undersoke-konsekvensen-av-ekstreme-lufttrykk
SIMLab in close cooperation with the Norwegian National Security Authority
In the Norwegian National Security Authority's annual report for 2013, the newly established cooperation with SIMLab is described. SIMLab has been granted funds from the agency to build a new shock tube rig. The Norwegian National Security Authority is also a partner with the Department of Structural Engineering in a new SFI application, submitted in February 2014.
The Norwegian National Security Authority is a cross-sectoral professional and supervisory authority within the protective security services in Norway. The agency administer the Act of 20 March 1998 relating to Protective Security Services.
SIMLab paper receives Best Paper Award.
SIMLab PhD candidate Martin Kristoffersen presented a paper at the 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2013). His paper has been awarded the Best Paper Award from the SSR Symposium of OMAE 2013.
The paper has the title Damage and Failure in an X65 Steel Pipeline Caused by Trawl Gear Impact. It can be downloaded here.
SFI Collaboration on Discovery Channel
SFI SIMLab and SFI SAMCoT joined forces for a test that was filmed by the Discovery Channel on Tuesday June 3rd. SFI SAMCoT PhDs Martin Storheim, Torodd Nord and Katja Kim were the starts when a crew from Discovery Channel programme Daily Planet came to film tests in SIMLab's kicking machine. The programme will be about how SAMCoT's ice research can help improve ship safety in the Arctic, where icebergs and ice floes are constant hazards. As part of the research, tests are carried out in SIMLab's unique test facility. A video of the impact between ice and steel is embedded below.
The importance of the SFI centre status
After 8 years as a SFI centre, some conclusions can be drawn. The SFI programme has enabled SIMLab to perform research on a high international level and through this research preparing the ground for innovation and value creation for the user partners in the centre. The different centres at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at NTNU are communicating and learn from each other. These topics are sentral in a new article published no the Research Council of Norway's website. Read the article here (in Norwegian only).
Grand opening of SIMLab Shock tube
SIMLab's new test rig, the Shock tube, was opened on Monday 20 October. The new rig was presented and a first official test was done with guests from relevant governmental agencies and the press.
Do we need new knowledge?
As a part of the opening a seminar was held with the topic Safety of structures subjected to extreme loading conditions. Do we need new knowledge? Representatives from NTNU, the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian National Security Authority, the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency and the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization gave talks.
The event was also attended by people from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Norwegian Police Security Service and the Norwegian state's building commissioner Statsbygg.
New competence centre on structural safety
Director of SIMLab, Professor Magnus Langseth, launched the idea of establishing a national competence centre on structural safety at SIMLab. There is a need for such a centre and the required infrastructure is already in place at SIMLab.
About the Shock tube
The SIMLab Shock tube facility is designed for shock wave tests under controlled conditions. Pressure is generated in a closed section in the very end of the tube. The section is separated from the rest of the rig with a diaphragm and is filled with compressed air. The diaphragm bursts at a given pressure and releases a shock wave. The characteristics of the wave can be studied by measuring the shock velocity and pressure downstream the diaphragm. Test objects can be placed in a test section and in the dump tank where windows allow video recordings with high speed camera. The pressure can be measured at 20 various locations enabling the measurement of the shock velocity.
The shock tube will be used to obtain experimental data on structures exposed to shock loading. These experiments will then be used to validate computational methods in terms of robustness and effectiveness.
Sketch of the rig:
Source: Siving Olav H. Fismen AS and Vegard Aune, NTNU
SIMLab on TV
The SIMLab partners have visited Trondheim in connection with the release of SIMLab Tool Box version 2.0. The Norwegian Broadcating Network NRK visited the seminar on Wednesday November 13. The feature can be seen here:
Computer crash pays off
SIMLab was portrayed in an article in Norway's biggest subscription newspaper Aftenposten (The Evening Post) on October 24th 2013. The article presents SIMLab's work with numeric simulations and how this can make Norwegian and European companies more innovative and profitable.
Six new PhDs at SIMLab
Six new PhD students are starting at SIMLab this autumn. Four of them as a part of CRI SIMLab and the other two on projects with other external funding. We welcome them to the SIMLab team.
From left: Jens Kristian Holmen, Petter Holmstrøm, Johan Kolstø Sønstabø, Erik Grimsmo, Lars Edvard Dæhli and Arne Ilseng.
Jens Kristian Holmen's project has the working title Computer-aided design of lightweight protective structures. He is supervised by professor Tore Børvik.
Petter Holmstrøm's project is titled Modelling of the mechanical behaviour of fibrereinforced polymers. Professor Arild Holm Clausen is supervising Petter.
Johan Kolstø Sønstabø will be studying the Behaviour and modelling of flow drilling screws. Professor Magnus Langseth is the supervisor. The project is funded by Honda R&D USA and is not a part of the CRI.
Erik Grimsmo's project is titled Bolted connections subjected to transient loading conditions. Erik's supervisor is professor Arild Holm Clausen.
Lars Edvard Dæhli is working with Modelling of damage and fracture in aluminium alloy structures. His supervisor is professor Odd Sture Hopperstad.
Arne Ilseng's project is called Behaviour and modelling of elastomers subjected to a wide spectre of pressures and temperatures. Arne's supervisor is professor Arild Holm Clausen. The project is funded by Aker Solutions and is not a part of the CRI.
Professor Torger Reve på besøk hos SIMLab
Torger Reve, professor i strategi og industriell konkurranseevne ved Handelshøyskolen BI, besøkte SIMLab den 28. mai 2013. Reve deltok i diskusjoner med SIMLabs ledelse og holdt i tillegg en gjesteforelesning for ansatte ved Institutt for konstruksjonsteknikk, NTNU.
Utgangspunktet for Reves besøk var arbeidet hans med boken "Et kunnskapsbasert Norge" som ble utgitt i forbindelse med et stort forskningsprosjekt med samme navn.
Les mer om prosjektet her: http://etkunnskapsbasertnorge.wordpress.com/
Vi takker Torger Reve for gode innspill og en engasjerende forelesning.
Fra venstre: Professor Torger Reve og Magnus Langseth
SIMLab’s annual Board meeting 2013
SIMLab's annual board meeting and seminar was hosted by Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products in Bonn, Germany on 6 and 7 May 2013. Thanks to Hydro for the hospitality and to all the participants for a fruitful seminar.
The seminar venue at Hydro in Bonn.
Magnus Langseth presenting the Annual Report for 2012.
The seminar participants.
SIMLab Board members. From left: Tore Tryland, Rudie Spooren, Arjan Strating, Trond Furu, Tsukatada Mastumoto, Eric Vaillant, Per Kr. Larsen, Helge Langberg, Astrid Vigtil, Magnus Langseth, Thorsten Rolf, Karl Vincent Høiseth, Henning Fransplass.
All photos: Max Malsch
Utlysning av nye sentre for forskningsdrevet innovasjon
Norges forskningsråd har besluttet å lyse ut nye sentre for forskningsdrevet innovasjon. SFI SIMLab trekkes frem som et eksempel på en vellykket SFI. Vi setter stor pris på anerkjennelsen.
SIMLab Annual report 2012
The annual report for 2012 is now available. Download the report to read about last year's activities at SIMLab!
Improving the best
In Trondheim, Norway, a truly international group of researchers are busily working on their PhD theses. In doing so, they are helping some of the world's leading industrial players improve their performance. This leaflet gives you a chance to meet them! Enjoy!
2012 – Et godt år for SIMLab
Acknowledgement from Benteler
Benteler's Anders Artelius, team leader for aluminum technology, understates the value of the collaboration with CRI SIMLab. SIMLab plays an important role in supporting and enhancing Benteler's own aluminium competence. Artelius talked about this at a conference organized by the Norwegian Association for the Packing Industry.
Read more here:
Three new Doctors from SIMLab in 2012
2012 has been a truly productive year for SIMLab. Three of SIMLab's ph.d candidates have defended their thesis this year. We congratulate them with their doctor's degree!
Dr. Egil Fagerholt
On March 30th Egil Fagerholt defended his thesis titled Field Measurements in Mechanical Testing Using Close-Range Photogrammetry and Digital Image Analysis. His supervisors were Professor Tore Børvik and Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad. Egil Fagerholt now works as a Postdoc at SIMLab, focusing on further development of the DIC-system from his Ph.d work.
Dr. Egil Fagerholt with the committee and supervisors. From Left: Odd Sture Hopperstad, Tore Børvik, Pierre Vacher, François Hild, Egil Fagerholt and Arve Grønsund Hanssen.
Dr. Gaute Gruben
Gaute Gruben defended his thesis, Ductile Fracture in Dual-Phase Steel, on October 4th. Gaute Gruben was supervised by Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad and Professor Tore Børvik. Dr. Gruben now has a Postdoc position at SIMLab.
Dr. Gaute Gruben with the committee and supervisors. From left: Odd Sture Hopperstad, Norman Jones, Ørjan Fyllingen, Gaute Gruben, Larsgunnar Nilsson, Magnus Langseth and Tore Børvik
Dr. Anne Serine Ognedal
Anne Serine Ognedal defended her thesis titled Large-Deformation Behaviour of Thermiplastics at Various Stress Rates on November 15th. Professor Arild Holm Clausen and Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad were Ognedal's supervisors.
Dr. Anne Serine Ognedal with the committee and supervisors. From left: Tore Børvik, Nadia Bahlouli, Arild Holm Clausen, Anne Serine Ognedal, Frode Grytten, Odd Sture Hopperstad and Franck Lauro.
Magnus Langseth elected member of DYMAT Governing Board
SIMLab Director, Professor Magnus Langseth, has been elected member of the DYMAT Governing Board. He was elected by the DYMAT General Assembly at the 10th International DYMAT Conference in Freiburg 2-7 September 2012.
The DYMAT Governing Board is directing the DYMAT association – European association for the promotion of research into the dynamic behavior of materials and its applications. DYMAT aims at uniting specialists in the "general field of impact with a particular focus on the study of the mechanical properties of materials at high strain rates, their modeling and associated numerical simulations as well as the applications of this work." (http://www.dymat.org/aboutDYMAT/statutes.html) Among other things, an international conference is held every three years.
Read more about DYMAT here: http://www.dymat.org
Hydro Alumium visit
The President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Aluminium, Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg, visited SIMLab on 18 April. Hans Erik Vatne, Senior Vice President and the new Head of Technology at Hydro, was leading the delegation. The agenda was future challenges in aluminium research and the test facilities available at SIMLab. The visit understates Hydro's interest in SIMLab's work and how Hydro plays a vital role to SIMLab as a partner.
The meeting was also covered by the press. See more here: