The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)is Norway’s premier academic institution for technology and the natural sciences.The university's cross-disciplinary research results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with far-reaching social and economic impact.
Maritime industry and Engineering.
Our utilization of the sea has played a decisive role in increasing prosperity in Norway, both directly—though the resources we have harvested and the income earned; but also through the industries created by shipping operations and maritime activities. This significant value creation is based on knowledge and expertise, in which research is playing an increasingly important role.
Marine System design
Design and development are related to field work; observations and investigations based on interviews. Photogrammetry, laser technology, and computer technology give new opportunities and advanced methods for measurements and control during development and construction.
The increased focus on environmental impact from the maritime industry makes research and development within energy efficiency, digital control of fuel consumption, environmental friendly diesel engines, and gas-driven vessels more important than ever.
Marine operation, safety and maintenance technology
Operation of marine systems, such as oil and gas installations, ships, and offshore energy production systems, is very challenging due to their demanding surroundings. It is of uttermost importance to operate these systems in a safe, environmental friendly, and cost efficient way. The operating characteristics of a system are mainly determined during the design phase. Thus, marine design and operation are closely related, as they constitute important parts of a system's life cycle. Along with the technical challenges during operation, human factors, organizational aspects, and environmental impacts have to be taken into consideration.
Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures seeks to develop fundamental knowledge about how ships and other structures behave in the ocean environment, using analytical, numerical and experimental studies. This knowledge is vital, both now and in the future, for the design of safe, cost effective and environmentally friendly structures as well as in the planning and execution of marine operations.
Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC):
Performance in a Seaway: Marine propellers must also perform well in rough weather. One might think this obvious, but the fact is that up until today propellers and propulsion systems have been designed for optimum performance in calm waters. Rough weather operations have been taken into account using only crude safety factors. In order to further understanding and provide the necessary tools for the rational design of propellers and propulsors in rough water operations, Rolls-Royce Marine, MARINTEK and NTNU have engaged in a ten-year research programme focusing on seaway performance.
Trondheim Marine Systems RI (Research Infrastructure): Through the Hydralab IV European project (FP7), European research groups are offered free transnational access opportunities to the NTNU Sletvik field station and Bay of Hopavågen. This natural environment is ideal for studying eco-hydrodynamics and transport processes relevant for marine chemists, biologists, physicists and geologists. Applications for access are evaluated on an annual basis.