(MSc in) Marine Technology
The two years International Master's of Science Degree in Marine Technology, gives you a challenging and an exciting education for the future. Marine Technology is an ideal specialisation for Bachelor's Degree engineers with technical interests. This is an education that provides innovative and professional challenges, and it leads to a variety of career possibilities.
The challenge of the sea
The ocean has always meant something special to mankind. It may be seductive and challenging, strange and mystical. At the same time, it includes a lot of resources on which mankind depends. It therefore is cultivated and harvested. Under the seabed we also find substantial energy resources, that have to be transported during eploitation. The ocean is vital to sefood and energy production and it is a means of global transportation.
The Department of Marine Technology's Internationational Master's of Science Degree study programme, offers seven specializations:
Increasing parts of new activities related to exploration and exploitation of the offshore oil and gas resources, take now place in deeper water areas, or at marginal fields. Financially viable and safe exploitation of these resources will demand lightweight floating platforms and shiplike vessels. Whole year operating service vessels or platforms, are a prerequisite for laying pipelines or cables, installing subsea equipment, inspection, maintenance and repair/replacements of underwater facilities. The combination of deep water, harsh wave conditions and strong ocean currents, make the design and operation of floaters, risers and mooring systems particularly challenging.
Automatic control is necessarry
The demand for efficiency and safety requires high precision in marine operations. Automatic control of thruster systems (dynamic positioning of vessels) is required to limit the motions of ships and/or platforms and their displacements and stresses in risers, during drilling operations, or in pipelines during laying. Automatic control is also needed to ensure precise lifting, installation and intervention operations. It is crucial for meeting the future requirements for high performance and safe operations under demanding environmental conditions. This requires a close integration with hydrodynamics and structural dynamics.
Safety at sea and protection of the environment, have highest priority in the maritime sector. The challenges relating to design and understanding of the behaviour of ships and ocean structures, are vital for planning and execution of marine operations. Another important area of interest is maintenance and repair of existing platforms, because of aging in very harsh environmental conditions.
In future sea transportation, there is a demand for reduced time till market, meaning higher speeds at sea and by harbour operations. The increased speed and implementation of new concepts, have given rise to new technological challenges. Weight minimization is essential to green production, lowering of costs and high speed transportation. However, this leads to using more flexible structures which have more dynamic effects. This increase the relevance for making fatigue failure considerations. Such changes are difficult to perform solely on the basis of experience. Thus, particular safety demands and design by direct analyses on first principles of hydrodynamic loads and their structural effects and strength, are needed. The potential benefit from automatic control is also present. The possibility to base design on such principles, was envisaged in the early 1990s, but the complexity of hydrodynamic load predictions and their effects, have hampered the introduction of this approach.
Operations - Logistics developments
Efficiency and reliability towards operations at sea, imply designing of ships and equipment that are dedicated to various types of operations (cable laying, rescue, fishing, etc.). More accurate descriptions of waves, currencies and wind induced motions, are then required. To improve efficiency, automatic control can be applied to reduce the effect of wave impacts and green water. This may be done especially in high performance vessels, by minimizing the relative motion between the ship bow and waves by active foil damping, and when there are changes of course or speed. A main concern is ventilation of foils, particularly in high sea states. A new issue in this context, is the structural design implications that automatic control has on systems on motion damping.
Logistics and transport are areas that are undergoing a rapid development. There are increasing demands for more complex integrated logistics services by the international shipping industry. High-speed vessels are now becoming serious competitors to aircraft under certain conditions. Such vessels will continue to develop in size, speed, seafaring qualities, choice of material, machinery and design.
Fisheries and aquaculture
Both fisheries and aquaculture are growing industries world wide. The fish stocks of the world are renewable resources that could feed the world forever. However, wild fishing stocks are to some extent overfished. In order to preserve sea life, we have to develop technology enabling us to harvest the resources of the oceans by causing minimal damage to the environment.
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Facts about the programme
Degree: Master of Science in Marine Technology (MSc)
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSN1
Number of students admitted: 15
Language of instruction: English
Location: Trondheim, Tyholt
Engineering Science and Technology
Validity of information: 2016/2017
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