Singapore, UK Researchers Launch Joint Lab for Marine, Offshore R&D
Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and UK's University of Southampton (UOS) jointly announced Wednesday the official launch of a joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore Engineering R&D to develop innovative technological solutions through modelling and simulation using high performance comuting technology to solve technical issues facing the maritime, energy and offshore sectors.
The joint laboratory (Joint Lab), operated by A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and UOS' Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI), is located on A*STAR premises to promote engagement and more seamless scientific exchanges with researchers from other research fields, such as those from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), and the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE).
"The strategic aim of the IHPC-SMMI Joint Lab is to deepen the understanding of the science and technology deployed in the design, construction and operation of future ships used, and new offshore structures that are utilized for the exploration and extraction of oil, gas and renewable energy sources from deep oceans under extreme harsh environments and translate these insights into impactful industrial applications," the joint press release said.
The research areas seek to address two major challenges facing the maritime and offshore sector:
- complex engineering requirements in deepwater offshore oil and gas drilling (in terms of the environment in which the platforms will operate as well as their design and risk analysis)
- growth in shipping due to increasing size, variety and complexity of ships as well as a requirement for vessels to be “greener” from an environmental emissions viewpoint
“This joint lab is another key component toward building a hub to catalyze further R&D (research and development) activities in marine and offshore companies in Singapore. IHPC is keen to promote the development of high performance computing techniques that can be applied to pertinent issues, that will lead to improved design of offshore structures and better understanding of their performance and reliability in harsher environment and more severe conditions. We intend to draw upon participation from industry players so that the benefits of the research can propagate through the economic sector,” Professor Alfred Huan, executive director of IHPC said.
The multidisciplinary research leverages the complementary expertise and skillsets possessed by the SMMI researchers, and IHPC research scientists from the Fluid Dynamics and Engineering Mechanics departments. The collaboration draws upon IHPC's strength in computational modelling and simulation, and SMMI’s strength in marine research. The Joint Lab projects will focus on developing solutions in the marine and offshore sector where the technical challenges are complex and often beyond the capabilities of a single organisation.
The Joint Lab will undertake projects in collaboration with partners in the maritime and offshore R&D community, including researchers from National University of Singapore (NUS) and the IHPC-Lloyd’s Register Joint Lab co-located within IHPC premises.
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