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Ships and offshore structures

Developing smart ships

​Extensive know-how and innovative solutions in
maritime technology

Our research covers maritime applications designed for open seas and arctic conditions as well as future autonomous unmanned vessels. The primary target of our research is to ensure safe, energy efficient and environmentally friendly ships, offshore structures and boats. Our customers include private industry and governmental agencies, both nationally and internationally.

We improve the hydrodynamic performance of hulls and the propulsion of ships and boats by applying CFD analysis and model testing. We develop manoeuvrability, seagoing characteristics and ship operability by using motion simulations. Our services also cover full scale verification of performance in sea trials as well as long-term monitoring of a ship's energy efficiency. Our target is also to study the ecological footprint of ship concepts by using LCA methods.

We study fluid/structure interaction, wave loads, ice loads and dynamic impacts loads in order to develop sound structural solutions for ships and offshore structures. We manage structural integrity by using structural analysis and long-term monitoring of loads. We increase passenger comfort through high-class vibration control. 


Safety and Operability - Energy efficiency - Environment  Structures - Hydrodynamics - Autonomous vessels ​


Maritime research

  • Hull and propulsion hydrodynamics
  • Propeller cavitation modelling
  • Underwater noise
  • Seakeeping, wave and impact loads
  • Ultimate strength and fatigue
  • Vibration and passenger comfort
  • Human-technology interaction
  • Risk analysis

Autonomous ship technology

  • ​Remote operation concepts
  • Simulation based safety validation
  • Advanced sensor systems for continuous situation awareness

Arctic technology

  • Ship ice performance
  • Ice loads on structures and propulsion
  • Icing on structures
  • Mechanical behaviour of ice: friction,
    strength, crystal structure
  • Field tests

Energy efficiency and environment

  • System simulations (Apros)
  • Propulsion efficiency
  • Emissions to air and water
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Alternative fuels


  • Model tests
  • CFD and FEM analysis
  • Sea trials (performance, noise and vibration
  • Full-scale measurements of ship hull and propulsion
  • Seakeeping and operability analysis
  • Manoeuvring simulations
  • Fire simulation, testing and certifi cation
  • Fuel testing
  • Air emission measurement


  • Towing tank (130m)
  • Manoeuvring basin (40 m x 40 m)
  • Ship simulator
  • Engine lab (Wärtsilä Vasa 4R32 medium-speed engine)
  • Propulsion unit test centre
  • Fire testing laboratory
  • Cold room