Current Projects

  • Realisation and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions for Sustainable and Efficient Ships (RAMSSES)

 

RAMSSES is a four-year project starting in June 2017 and has a budget of about 13.5 million Euros.

The project aims to foster the application of new materials in maritime and inland waterway applications by:

  • developing, demonstrating and validating 13 specific maritime products to prepare for commercial market uptake immediately after the project.

  • conducting a comprehensive assessment of technical properties, life cycle cost and environmental performance of the demonstrator cases as a basis for approval of the specific solutions, but also with the aim to re-use test results, material data and experiences for future similar applications and make this ‘knowledge base’ accessible to a wider range of maritime end-users

  • setting up a Materials Innovation Platform for information exchange and cooperation which is open to other projects. 

 

The RAMSSES consortium comprises of 36 participants from 12 European countries, dominated by industrial partners. 

RAMSSES first newsletter

RAMSSES presentation

  • Study of the appropriateness and the adequacy of modern materials for offshore fish cage nets – numerical and experimental investigation in realistic loading conditions (MATISSE)

 

MATISSE is a 36 months national project starting in summer 2019 and has a budget of about 200.000€.

The project concerns the adequacy of modern materials for fish cage nets to be used in systems of offshore aquacultures. Those systems provide a variety of advantages and benefits compared to the traditional coastal aquacultures. Nevertheless, the installation and the materialization of such systems is unquestionably a technological challenge given the hostile environment where they should operate and the innovative dimension of the offshore aquaculture clusters. However, the contemporary feeding demands of the international population that undoubtedly shall be intensified in the near future given its radical increase, make the implementation of relevant projects an unavoidable process. In that context, indeed, the future of aquaculture relies offshore in deeper water fields. The present project shall  constitute a valuable contribution toward this task, given that aside from the traditional lab testing for the adequacy of modern materials for fish cage nets, will go a step further proposing the overall investigation of the their appropriateness in realistic conditions. To this end, the research team will design a complete offshore aquaculture system, together with its mooring system, in installation sites that have been already selected. In addition, a unique experimental campaign shall be performed using proper similitude factors of the expected realistic conditions. The main goal of the project is to develop a complete pilot study for the technological guidance of relevant projects of offshore aquacultures which are the future in fish breeding.

The MATISSE consortium comprises of the following participants:

  • Design Of Twin-Hull Electrically Driven Passenger Ferries (ELCAT)

 

ELCAT is a 30 months national project starting in spring 2020 and has a budget of about 1.0 million Euros.

 

The main objective of this proposal is the design of small twin hull passenger vessels (catamarans) based on electrical power for their propulsion in order to respond to environmental pollution issues caused by vessels (CO2 emissions).  There will be two alternative designs: one with purely electric propulsion systems charged by means of a shore connection for short voyages and a hybrid design for longer voyages, which – apart from the shore connection - will carry two diesel generators to re-charge her batteries. In this latter case, the generators operation will be suspended while the vessel is near or in the port area. Solar panels will be installed in both cases. 

Detailed structural and hydrodynamic optimization will be carried out in order to minimize the lightship weight and propulsion power respectively, aiming to reducing the required batteries capacity, weight and cost as well as (in case of the hybrid propulsion) the fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions. 

The know-how which will be developed could be easily applied to other types of small twin-hull vessels, such as harbour workboats (anti-pollution, garbage collection, crew-supply vessels, etc.) or pleasure boats operating at short ranges and environmentally.

  • Development of multifunctional fiber reinforced composites with nano-modified matrix phase towards wind turbine applications (AIOLOS)

AIOLOS is an innovative 30 month project starting in October 2021 and aiming at the development of a new class of hybrid nanocomposite materials with enhanced mechanical strength, durability and SHM during operation capabilities. These hybrid composites will be composed of glass fiber reinforced epoxy matrix further reinforced with carbon based nanostructures and will be manufactured using an innovative lamination sequence by a combination of multiple manufacturing methods. The proposed materials and manufacturing methods of AIOLOS aim at wind turbine applications, wings and components of wind turbines for terrestrial or marine areas, and will constitute alternative solutions with increased reliability and enhanced strength compared to the existing conventional composite materials.


The AIOLOS consortium comprises of the following participants:

  • Hybrid thermal spray coatings with self-lubricant properties for wear protection of Internal Combustion Engine piston rings (HYSELFDROPS)

 

HYSELFDROPS is a 36 months national project starting in summer 2020 and has a budget of about 600.000€.

The proposal HYSELFDROPS is targeting to the development of innovative techniques towards the deposition of hybrid self-lubricating coatings using thermal spray techniques. The proposed innovation lies in the combined self lubricating & anti-wear thermally sprayed coatings that will be developed. This will be realized with the presence within the coating mass of solid (nanomaterials) and/or liquid lubricants (oils microencapsulated in polymers). The proposed hybrid coatings are expected to contribute to significant energy loss reduction of diesel engines due to wear and abrasion for marine applications which contributes in the fuel consumption reduction as well as in the operating and maintenance costs. These coatings present the additional advantage of avoiding toxic chemical substances release to the environment unlike liquid lubricants. Scale up activities in terms of feedstock materials production as well as thermally sprayed real parts (piston rings) for field testing will be performed. The coated piston rings will be implemented in a three cylinder Yanmar 3YM30 diesel engine producing 21.3 kW maximum power at 3200 rpm for marine applications.

The HYSELFDROPS consortium comprises of the following participants:

 

 

HYSELFDROPS website