Ship 4.0: Safe, Efficient, Sustainable and Autonomous - A DTU status and outlook

Ship 4.0: Safe, Efficient, Sustainable and Autonomous - A DTU status and outlook
The presentations of this evening are devoted to news and highlights from some of the ship-technical researches recently conducted at DTU.

Besides, the evening presents a short status on DTU's maritime education of engineers specialising in maritime areas. Main themes of the research-presentations include naval architecture, safe and efficient marine operations, condition monitoring and autonomy, and sustainable shipping.


16:30 – 16:40 Introduction by Ulrik Dam Nielsen, DTU Mechanical Engineering, Mette Sanne Hansen, Maritime DTU

16:40 – 17:40 The Ship Simulation Workbench at DTU by Poul Andersen (intro + propulsion in waves), Bhushan Taskar (technical overview), Mostafa Amini-Afshar (added-wave resistance), DTU Mechanical Engineering

This is a tool for numerical simulation of a ship sailing in daily, realistic conditions. It integrates stability, wave loads, resistance, seakeeping, and propulsion in the simulation making it possible to evaluate the performance of a ship or a project. The workbench is intended for use by students to evaluate projects and learn about ship technical operation, by researchers, and it will also be made available to the industry. The session will start with a general presentation of the workbench and the work done so far, and a specific example of evaluation of the performance of ships will also be shown. Two key points in the workbench are the determination of added resistance in waves and propulsion in waves, i.e. ship-propeller-engine interaction in waves. These two points will also be addressed.

17:40 – 18:00 The (maritime) education at DTU – With a focus on ship-technical affairs by Ulrik Dam Nielsen, DTU Mechanical Engineering

Competences and disciplines from ’classical naval architecture’ are still very important in the education of maritime engineers at DTU. However, industry needs of today are much concerned with operational aspects (and not so much on ship building) and this concern is reflected in the education. The talk gives a brief introduction to the maritime (‘ship-technical’) education at DTU, including collaborative student projects with industrial partners.

18:00 – 18:30 Refreshments

18:30 – 19:00 Real-time condition monitoring of vessel dynamics for enhanced operational safety by Roberto Galeazzi, DTU Electrical Engineering
Seafarers daily face the challenges of conducting vessels in ever changing operational conditions, often characterized by harsh environmental surroundings. The ability of quickly understanding the operational scenario and forecasting possible vessel behavior can make the difference between a safe and a dangerous navigation. Real-time condition monitoring systems offer seafarers with extra “pair of eyes” to quickly scrutinize measured signals of vessel behavior and evaluate if the current sailing condition is exposing the ship to an immediate threat. The talk discusses a methodology for the design of condition monitoring systems and it elucidates its applicability through two study cases: ‘Parametric roll monitoring for ocean-going merchant vessels’ and ‘Transverse stability monitoring in fishing vessels’.

19:00 – 19:30 Autonomy for Surface Vessels – from Decision Support to Unmanned by Mogens Blanke, DTU Electrical Engineering
The presentation will provide insight into technologies and methods that are rapidly developing, offering new opportunities for sea transport. Decision support is believed to be able to enhance safety at sea and high-level autonomy could offer a periodically or conditionally unmanned bridge. Unmanned operation of selected short sea services is pursued by several countries, including Denmark.

19:30 – 20:00 Sustainable shipping: to be or not to be by Harilaos N. Psaraftis, DTU Management
In this talk we take stock at recent developments at the IMO and elsewhere as regards the decarbonization of international shipping and address major challenges and opportunities.


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  • When

    4. mar. 2019 16:30 - 20:00
  • Where

    IDA Mødecenter, Kalvebod Brygge 31 - 33, 1780 København V

  • Registration Deadline

    4. mar. 2019 - 12:00

  • Organizer

    IDA Maritim

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