Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre is a long-term research collaboration with Rolls-Royce Marine, focusing research on propellers and propulsion in waves and off-design conditions.
Rolls-Royce Marine, MARINTEK, and NTNU have had a close relationship for more than 30 years, with co-operation in development of propellers, propulsion systems, ship designs, and various types of ship equipment. NTNU's Department of Marine Technology has been the main provider of engineers and scientists to Rolls-Royce Marine.
- To obtain a better, more thorough understanding of the transient loads on hull structure, propellers and propulsors;
- To develop reliable prediction tools for transient loads on hull, propellers and propulsors;
- To develop a simulation tool for ships in a seaway, including dynamic effects of propulsors — This simulation tool shall be a platform for implementation of tools and knowledge developed in the UTC;
- To obtain better knowledge and tools to deal with other aspects of operations in a seaway, like added resistance, loss of propulsive efficiency, roll damping, directional stability and steering;
- To improve education and recruitment of new experts in propulsion, propeller design, and seakeeping of ships.
Photo: the official opening of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre "Performance in a Seaway". Present were Norway's Minister of Industry, the Head of Research and Technology of Rolls-Royce Mike Howse, and the President of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine Duncan Forbes.
Prof. Sverre Steen
Phone: +47 73 59 58 61
Fax: +47 73 59 56 97
E-mail: sverre.steen [at] ntnu.no
Department of Marine Technology
Contact person for UTC activities at MARINTEK:
Research manager Dariusz Fathi
E-mail: dariusz.fathi (at) marintek.sintef.no
What is the RR UTC?
- a research centre on propellers and propulsion in waves and off-design conditions
- sponsored by Rolls-Royce
- located at the Marine Technology Centre in Trondheim, Norway
The research is conducted at NTNU and MARINTEK, with the basic research being carried out by academic staff, master students, PhD candidates and postdocs at NTNU.