Research focuses on the behaviour of ships and structures in extreme environment considering safety of maritime transportation as well as experiences marine environment can offer.
The research group on Marine Technology is studying the behavior of ships and structures in open water and ice covered waters from the viewpoint of safety and experience-based design. The research topics cover applied solid and fluid mechanics in order to design high-performing technical solutions to extreme environment due to waves and ice, but also the safety science and risk analyses in order to guarantee the safety of ships and marine traffic. New area is multidisciplinary Cruise and Ferry –program in which the design is looked at as a whole with technical, economical and experience based design drivers.
The researchers at Marine technology group investigate limit states of steel structures (fatigue, ultimate and accidental), the computational methods (FEM, CFD, optimization algorithms) to design these, safety based design, scenario based design, experience-based design, risks of marine traffic, extreme waves, ice-ship interaction, ice-loads and fluid-structure interaction. The group is strongly interacting with other research groups from solid mechanics to engineering materials and School of Arts
Research themes: Steel structures, Wave and fluid mechanics, Arctic technology, Risk and Safety
Personnel: Professor Pentti Kujala, Professor Amin Chabchoub, Professor Heikki Remes, Professor Jani Romanoff
Aalto Ice Tank
Aalto Ice Tank is a 40 m × 40 m water basin equipped with a cooling system and equipment to produce model-scale sea ice. Compared to other ice model basins in the world, the Aalto Ice Tank is unique because of its dimensions and, in particular, its large width. This enables research that is not possible in other ice tanks. While the infrastructure is called an ice tank, the facility is multifunctional and can also be used for open water tests. The basin has wave makers that allow for research on problems related to ice and waves.