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New Marine Research Center

Posted on May 9, 2005

Rolls-Royce has unveiled its first University Technology Centre (UTC) in Norway at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim to conduct research programs in the marine sector. The UTC will undertake work that gives a better understanding of the operating environment of marine vessels, and their propulsor and manoeuvring systems. Rolls-Royce has previously worked with both NTNU and Marintek on projects such as the simulation of ship motion at sea and the development of ship dynamic positioning systems. While the UTC will be based at NTNU, some of the work will be undertaken at Marintek’s facilities nearby.

“Present trends show the overall speed of vessels at sea has increased which calls for an increased focus on propeller, hull and rudder interaction,” said Rune Garen, director of research and technology for Rolls-Royce Marine AS in Norway. “Future environmental considerations will require lower fuel consumption and safer operation, while higher overall performance will demand optimized system integration. Trondheim UTC staff will apply latest engineering tools and techniques, develop new physical models and numerical methods.”

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