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Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Polish branch of Deltamarin is currently involved in a research and development project called Smart Propulsion System (abbreviated to 'SmartPS').

The partners in this collaboration include: Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF (Germany); ContiTech Vibration Control (Germany); Reintjes (Germany); Gdansk University of Technology (Poland); Belarusian National Technical University; and Dnepr-Bug Waterway (Belarus).

The three-year collaboration is now in its final year, with initial activities concentrated on analysis of hydrodynamic calculations and noise and vibration prediction methods. A noise and vibration measurement campaign onboard a test ship followed. A structural model of the test-ship was created and hydrodynamic loads defined. Analysis of the noise and vibration characteristics of the main sources was also performed.

In the second stage of the project, new design methodologies were developed. These will use simplified noise/vibration and hydrodynamic models to obtain the optimum ship layout. A paper describing some of these efforts was published and presented at the International Marine Design Conference in Helsinki (Finland) in June 2018.

In the coming months, the optimised layout will be coupled with the results of smart vibration damping devices developed by other partners in the smartPS project. It is believed that these two efforts combined will lead to much-reduced noise and vibration levels in the selected ship’s compartments. This in turn will result in the project aims being achieved. The project is being financed as part of an EU MARTEC ERA-NET initiative with funding provided by Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development.

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