Digital Fluid Power 2017


The WP1 participated in the workshop DFP17 (Digital Fluid Power 2017) in Aalborg, Denmark, September 7-9 with all the members of the work package (Viktor Hristov Donkov, Sondre Nordås, Daniel Hagen, Torben Ole Andersen, and Morten Kjeld Ebbesen) and a guest of the WP Damiano Padovani. The workshop was dedicated to the different aspects of digital hydraulic. The workshop included 67 participants with the majority from Europe, and the industry was well represented. The WP presented two papers and received valuable feedback.


Workshop on Digital Fluid Power


The 9th international workshop on Digital Fluid Power, DPF17 will take place in Aalborg, Denmark, September 7-8, 2017. In the previous years it has taken place in either Tampere, Finland or in Linz, Austria. Digital fluid power has been a highly prioritised research topic at Aalborg University for the last ten years. AAU is therefore honoured to host this event and pleased to invite you to participate in bringing both academia and industry partners together; joining the latest research knowledge, stimulating discussions and exchange of experiences on digital fluid power.

Invitation and Call for Papers.

OG21-FORUM / new strategy for the oil and gas industry


On Nov. 30 the OG 21 gave a presentation of the new strategy for Norwegian oil and gas industry. The conclusion is clear: new technology must be developed and implemented if the companies shall be competative in the future.

The OG 21 Vision is: Technologies and innovation for a competitive Norwegian Petrolium sector.

The vision is supported by five strategic objectives:

  1. Maximize resource utilization
  2. Minimize environmental impact
  3. Improve productivity and reduce costs
  4. Develop innovative technologies
  5. Attract, develop and retain the best talents.

The full strategy document can be found here.

Fluid Power Workshop (WP1), November 23


WP1 organised a scientific workshop in fluid power. The participants from Aalborg University and the University of Agder are listed above:

Morten Kjeld Ebbesen (Associate Professor, UiA)
Michael Rygaard Hansen (Professor and Dean, UiA)
Sondre Nordås (PhD-candidate, UiA)
Daniel Hagen (PhD-candidate, UiA)
Jannik Jakobsen (PhD-candidate, UiA)
Konrad Johan Jensen (PhD-candidate, UiA)
Torben Ole Andersen (Professor, AAU)
Alireza Matbouei (PhD-candidate, AAU)
Henrik Pedersen (Professor, AAU)
Niels Christian Bender (PhD-candidate, AAU)
Per Johansen Assistant (Professor, AAU)
Remzija Cerimagic (PhD-candidate, AAU)
Niels Henrik Pedersen (PhD-candidate, AAU)
Lasse Schmidt Assistant (Professor, AAU)
Anders Hedegaard Hansen (Assistant Professor, AAU)
Michael Møller Bech (Associate Professor, AAU)
Christian Nørgård (PhD-candidate, AAU)

Reference Group Meetings WP2, WP4 and WP6


November was a busy month for all work-packages. On November 17, WP2, WP4 and WP6 had their reference group meetings. The photo above is from the WP2 meeting where presentations and discussions were led by the NTNU researchers Olav Egeland, Christian Holden and Terje Rølvåg. Participants from the partners were from UiA, NOV, MHWirth and GCE NODE.

WP 5 Reference Group Meeting Sept. 27

rope seminar 2016

September 27. the WP5 Reference Group met in NOV location and discussed the following topics:

WP 5.4 “Influence of wave height on the reliability of an offshore winch” (PhD candidate: Achim Feldermann & Lothar Wöll)

WP 5.5 “Welded joints failure prediction: experimental set up” (PhD candidate: Zbigniew Jakub Mikulski)

WP 5.3 “1D model for thermal properties in fiber ropes and hysteresis model for creep” plus “Update on the rope test rig” (Dr. Espen Oland)

WP 5.2 “Acoustic measurements in metallic dog bones and steel wire ropes, development of a new condition indicator” (Dr. Rune Schlanbusch)

WP 5.1 “Review of Methods for Condition Monitoring of Large, Slow-Rotating Roller Element Bearings” (PhD candidate: Martin Hemmer)

The group consisted of  30 participants from most partners of the SFI .

Rope Seminar


The rope seminar was sold out and attracted 50 delegates from Urdal Services AS, MacGregor Norway AS, Cameron Sense AS, MHWirth AS, National Oilwell Varco Norway, DNV GL, Siem Offshore AS, AXTech AS, Bexco, Maersk Supply Service AS, TTS Bergen, Rolls-Royce Marine, Red Rock AS, W. Giertsen Services AS, TTS Marine AS, Ropeblock B.V., John Dahle Skipshandel AS and DEP Engineering.

During the seminar individual feedbaxck was collected from all the participants to the following questions:

* Do you want us to organise a 2nd rope seminar? 84% of the attendees responded yes, 8% no and 8% had no opinion.
* Will you prioritise the 2nd seminar? 84% responded yes, 16% no.
* Have you enjoyed the seminar? 8% gave the top mark, 55% gave next best.
* Have you learnt anything new in this seminar? 31% stated that their knowledge improved greatly, while 62% stated that they learnt a lot.
* Selected quotation from one of the participants: “For rope enthusiasts like me, this is like being at a Jimmy Hendrix concert, for engineers. To dip into the knowledge of some of the most competent rope specialists in the world, is highly rewarding”, Kai Ingvald Flateland, Senior Engineer at MacGregor Norway.