Spin-off project effort related to offshore wind

With NORCE Research as the consortium leader a consortium of 14 partners have submitted a proposal to “Grønn plattform 2022”, a program jointly funded by the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and SIVA.

Seven of the partners in SFI Offshore Mechatronics is involved in this new initiative called Building Industry for Offshore Wind Technology (BUIOWT).

Results and knowledge generated from the SFI Offshore Mechatronics is to a large extent directly applicable and will play in important role in the scale-up of the offshore wind industry.

If granted the project will start early 2023 with a budget of 116MNOK and with a project period of three years. GCE Node has published a news story related the the application.

Short news and upcoming events

[Event] Reference group meeting WP6 [6. September*]

[Event] SFI Offshore Mechatronics, Steering Board meeting [8. September, UiA, Campus Grimstad]

[Event] Industrial applications of 5G, Kristiansand [14. September, Hosted by GCE Node.]

[Event] EtherCat Seminar Series, Grimstad [20. September, Hosted by EtherCat Technology Group (ETG)]

[Event] Reference group meeting WP5 [20. October, hosted at Cameron, Andøya, Kristiansand*]

[News] The Mechatronics group at University of Agder has launched a new Linkedin group

* Note that reference group meetings are for consortium members only

Research from WP3 set to improve 5G massive machine type communication (mMTC)

Results related to work by Dr. Thilina Nuwan Weerasinghe within the SFI Offshore Mechatronics has recently been featured in a news story published in Inside Telecom (in Norwegian language and only available to subscribers).

The news article explain how the research adresses performance issues in the 5G network. The expected massive increase in the number of connected devices requires new approaches. The grant-free method proposed in the research is in particular suited to grant access to devices with limited data transfer needs.

Upcoming PhD defences

WP1.5 Søren Ketelsen, Aug. 30

The title of the thesis is “Efficient Actuation of Load Carrying Applications by Electro-Hydraulic Compact Drives”.

The work has been part of WP1.5. More details and information on how to participate is avaliable here.

WP3.6 Dipendra Subedi, Sept. 13

The title of the thesis is “Modeling and Control of Flexible Link Manipulators”.

The work has been part of WP3.6. More details and information on how to participate is avaliable here.

Reproducible software and data science

Research projects often involve the need for some software development and data processing. The challenge is that often, in order to run and use the software, a lot of libraries and dependencies are required. One solution to this problem is to use containers (e.g. using Docker) which can be built using a declarative description of everything needed to run the software.

A team of researchers at various universities working with software and data science has published a paper titled “Ten Simple Rules for Writing Dockerfiles for Reproducible Data Science”. Consider to build a container and follow these rules next time you create some software related to a research project. This will ensure that if you need to pick up your own software down the line or you want to share it with someone, it should be up and running again in no time.

New researcher WP 1.8

Mohit Bhola started his work as a PostDoc at Aalborg University May 2022. He will work within WP1.8 with topics related to energy efficient offshore hydraulic systems with focus on digital valve technology and AI. Prior to starting at AAU, Mohit did his PhD at Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.

Prepare for student project proposals now

Student projects at bachelor and master level is an excellent opportunity to explore new ideas and experiment with new technologies. The students select their projects during the autumn in 2022 and the project is carried out in the first half of 2023.

The project proposal submission deadline is in October (mid/ultimo), which means that the planning and project descriptions should start now. Be aware that there is usually more proposals than students so there is no guarantee that your project proposal will be picked.

In 2022 a total of 22 student projects were carried out at University of Aalborg, RWTH Achen, NTNU and University of Agder and with topics related to SFI Offshore Mechatronics. Topics include robotics, motion compensation, 3D and machine vision, remote operation, machine learning, control systems and more.

The various universities have their own systems and procedures on how to submit the proposals. If you need assistance get in touch.

Upcoming PhD defences

WP4.3 Gaute Fotland, June 17th

The title of the thesis is “Effects of Time Integration and Constraint Methods for Cable Simulations using ALE-ANCF Elements regarding Real-Time Analysis” and the title of the trial lecture is “Inverse methods: load estimation using digital twin simulations”.

The work has been part of WP4.3. More details and information on how to participate is avaliable here.

WP5.3 Shaun Falconer, June 28th

The title of the thesis is “Condition monitoring of fibre ropes using machine learning”.

The work has been part of WP 5.3. More details and information on how to participate is available here.

Upcoming reference group meetings

The reference group meetings are a great opportunity to disseminate results, to participate in discussions and to get valuable feedback from an industrial perspective. The reference group meetings are internal and exclusive to the industry partners.

Upcoming meetings:

WP5: 16. June, hosted digital
WP6: 23. June, hosted digital (postponed to 6. September)

The reference group members are invited via the groups in ProjectPlace. Remember to share internally in your organisation in case other people not on the list should join.

Successful Annual Conference in Aalborg

After two years of postponements and cancellations, we finally managed to proceed with our annual conference. The conference was hosted as a physical conference with almost 40 attendees and with good representation from the industry partners and the centre board members. The conference venue was the Department of Energy at Aalborg University.

Most of the attendees started the journey in Grimstad or Kristiansand early morning Thursday travelling by ferry to Hirtshals Denmark and from there to University of Aalborg. The conference program started 13:00 on Thursday 19. with invited keynote speaker Professor Henrik Lund, which gave an inspiring talk about energy systems and future outlooks.

During Thursday WP1 (Torben Andersen & Morten Kjeld Ebbesen), WP5 (Rune Schlanbusch) and WP6 (Baltasar Beferull) had their presentations and summaries of completed project. In each WP the active projects were presented by the PhD candidates. Due to the period with the pandemic, for some of the PhDs this was their first opportunity to present at a conference to a live audience.

The conference program finished off with a inspiring talk from chair of the board Tom Fidjeland and plenary discussions involving all the attendees. The day was rounded off with an excellent meal and surroundings at Mortens Kro, Aalborg.

The following day started early with presentations including summaries of completed projects from WP2 and WP4 (Olav Egeland) followed by WP3 (Jing Zhou). In each WP the active projects were presented by the PhD candidates.

The keynote of the day was delivered by Associate Professor Mohsen N. Soltani presenting research from Aalborg University, campus Esbjerg.

The day was rounded off with group session break-out discussing how the SFI Offshore Mechatronics have delivered so far, contributions to the UN sustainable development goals and how the results and expertise can be utilized in new projects, including how it fits with global needs and future outlooks. After a long day most of the attendees returned from Aalborg to Hirtshals and arrived in Kristiansand just after midnight.

We also used the opportunity to get some up-to-date pictures of the board, work package leaders.

The SFI Offshore Mechatronics board members and centre director in the period 2021-2023. Sjur-Henning Hollekim (HMH), Torben Andersen (Aalborg University), Rune Schlanbusch (NORCE), Olav Egeland (NTNU), Jorunn Gislefoss (UiA), Tom Fidjeland (GCE Node, chair of the board), Peder Sletferding (NOV), Geir Grasmo (UiA, centre-directory).
Work-Package leaders, Torben Andersen (WP1), Morten Kjeld Ebbesen (WP1), Olav Egeland (WP2 & WP4), Jing Zhou (WP3), Rune Schlanbusch (WP5), Baltasar Beferull (WP6), Ellen Nordgård Hansen (WP7, in-place of Christian van der Ohe which was not able to attend)

Thanks to all the attendees for their contribution during the conference and a big thanks to Torben, Tina and Bonnie for welcoming us and taking care of us during the conference and stay in Aalborg.

All the presentations have been uploaded to ProjectPlace (for members only).