Mechatronics Applicants Hold Steady


Petroleum-related study programs in Norway experience a dramatic fall in applicants, in some cases a 90% decline has been reported since 2014. The Mechatronics program at UiA holds steady. Applications to Bachelor Mechatronics is only down 19%, while applications to Master Mechatronics is up 42%. At NTNU Trondheim, the 5-year program Product and Development and Production also holds steady with a decline of only 22% from 2015 to 2016.

At NTNU Aalesund there is no separate educational program in Mechatronics. The application numbers for related programs are (at Master level): Product and system design (-27%), Ship design (+17%), Simulation and visualization (-45%). At NTNU Aalesund Bachelor level the numbers are: Automation (+22%); data (+44%); electric power systems(+100%), product and system design (-28%), ship design (-8%), nautical (-8%).

Researcher WP5.1 Has Started


PhD candidate Martin Hemmer started working on SFI WP5.1 on April 4, 2016. The topic of his work-package is “Analysis of Tapered big bearings”. In the picture above Martin Hemmer (right) is shown together with KD-funded PhD candidate Andreas Klausen and his own developed test bench for bearing analysis for slow rotations.

WP2+WP4 Reference Group Meeting


On April 13 a full-day reference group meeting / workshop was organised at NOV’s offices at Kjøita 21-25, Kristiansand. The goal of the workshop was to present current status and plans, but also to align the research with input from the industry partners. The following partners were present: NTNU, UiA, NOV, MHWirth, Cameron, Bosch Rexroth, Klüber Lubrication and ABB (by video). Several new PhD positions in WP2 and WP4 will be filled during 2016, and the research in these two work-packages is now ramping up. It is of high priority in the SFI that the research in all work-packages is coordinated with the interests of the industrial partners.