Marine structures research

Marine structures research

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Marine Structures

The Marine Structures group covers both marine structures and marine hydrodynamics. 

The research spans in a wide range of topics, from fundamental research within hydrodynamics and structure mechanics, as well as fluid-structure interactions, to applied research directed towards the Norwegian and European maritime industry and fisheries, including fish farming.

Where the forces are analyzed

Examples on applied research includes both optimization, efficiency and safety of ships and numerous types of marine structures like wind turbines, floating solar panels, subsea cables and cords, as well as coastal flows and infrastructure.

Since the research is directed towards ocean activities where waves are a driving factor, stochastic theory applied on wave loads and structural response is an important research area. 

Both physical experiments, including laboratory measurements and full-scale field measurements, and numerical simulations are conducted in order to obtain new knowledge. In addition to the laboratory facilities owned by the department, we also utilize laboratories operated by Sintef Ocean whenever feasible. 

The laboratories include ocean basins, wave flumes, towing tank, as well as laboratories for testing structural loads and deformations. We also utilize the national High Performance Computing facilities for heavy duty numerical simulations.

Projects of the Marine Structures research group

Projects of the Marine Structures research group

All of the projects of the Marine Structures research group involve collaboration- between different NTNU departments and faculties, between NTNU and national and international industry partners, and between NTNU and national and international universities.

We have managed two Centres of Excellence: CeSOS (Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures) from 2002-2012 and NTNU AMOS (Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems) 2013-2023.

In addition, there are several industry-collaboration projects (KMB, UTC, BIP), and some EU-funded projects.