It’s 1873. Dr Bruno Johannes Tideman, chief engineer of the Royal Dutch Navy and adviser to the shipbuilding industry, carries out the first ship model tests in The Netherlands to determine the ship’s resistance and the required engine capacity. It is a professional challenge to make uncontrollable waves, wind and water ultimately manageable. With this very same drive the ‘Netherlands Ship Model Basin’ began its work in 1932. Today, known as MARIN, we have broaden our scope and we are an internationally operating and recognised leading independent institution based in Wageningen (NL) with 400+ specialists who together realise a turnover of approximately €45 million.
Our track record in research and innovative concept development would not be possible without our facilities and tools, which include (among others), numerical simulation facilities, several model test basins, simulators, full scale monitoring and big data capabilities. Since the start we have made thousands of ships and operations around the world safer, faster, more efficient and greener. Aiming to bridge the gap between design and operation we are involved in the entire lifecycle, from the initial concept development to design, construction and subsequently to the final operation. This allows us to continuously assess and improve our research, but also to improve and ensure the optimal operational use of the ship or structure.
Our role in the AFLOWT project will focus on the operation side. MARIN will be involved in the full scale monitoring of the floating foundation. An innovative system will be installed on-board and will measure the floater position, the wave frequent motions, the mooring lines tensions and possibly also tendon tensions and stresses at selected fatigue prone locations. The main innovations are in the real time connection between these measurements and time domain simulation tools enabling the digital twin approach and mooring failure detection. These innovations will support both the development of the next generation of innovative monitoring technologies and bring the knowledge back to design, enabling safer and cheaper floating offshore wind.