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Marine and Arctic Technology

We focus on the behaviour of ships and structures in normal and extreme environments. We do our research by considering the safety of maritime transportation, as well as the experiences the marine environment can offer to cruise vessel passengers.
Experiment at the Aalto Ice Tank

Marine technology investigates the responses and strength of ships in a complex physical environment where ice- and wave-induced loads are present. We also investigate the system-level issues at the scales of shipping systems and fleets as well as individual ships and their subsystems. The focus is on passenger and ice-going ships and on autonomous ships.

The core ideas of the research are to ensure safety, to enable sustainability through advanced solutions and to focus on the first principles of applied mechanics (e.g. hydrodynamics and structures), statistical methods and systems engineering.

Arctic marine technology studies the behaviour of ships and structures in ice. Arctic marine research focuses on ice loads on ships and structures, on ship performance and on ship safety. The group studies these topics by conducting extensive full-scale trials onboard ice-going ships, by utilising the Aalto Ice Tank and by developing theoretical models for e.g. ice load stochasticity and ultimate strength of structures.

The group has excellent international and national networks, including the Joint Research Center of Excellence for Arctic Shipping and Operations (CEARCTIC) funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation in London and led by Aalto University.

Ice mechanics research focuses on gaining detailed and fundamental knowledge on the physical phenomena behind the behaviour of sea ice and ice loads. Only by building our understanding of sea ice behaviour can we improve predictions on ice-induced loads on ships and structures.

We have a strong background in numerical ice mechanics and use simulations of complex ice loading scenarios in our work. Related to this, we develop tools for discrete element and combined finite-discrete element method simulations. We also conduct well-controlled model-scale experiments in Aalto Ice Tank, a unique testing facility, as well as field work.

Personnel, marine technology

Sabina Akter

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Assistant

Kennie Berntsson

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Assistant

Miguel Calle Gonzales

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Visiting Scholar

Meriam Chaal

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Assistant
Spyridon Cheirdaris

Spyridon Cheirdaris

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)

Lei Du

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Anssi Karttunen

Anssi Karttunen

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mikko Kotilainen

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Pentti Kujala

Pentti Kujala

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Practice

Ketki Kulkarni

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mihkel Körgesaar

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Pauli Lehto

Pauli Lehto

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Fang Li

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Morten Lindeberg

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Liangliang Lu

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Tommi Mikkola

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University Lecturer

Jairan Nafar Dastgerdi

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Bruno Reinaldo Goncalves

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Heikki Remes

Heikki Remes

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor

Roman Repin

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Alexander Rogers

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Assistant
Jani Romanoff

Jani Romanoff

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)

Pekka Ruponen

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Practice
Osiris Valdez Banda

Osiris Valdez Banda

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mari Åman

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Personnel, solid mechanics

Iman El Gharamti

Iman El Gharamti

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Jouni Freund

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Senior University Lecturer

Hanyang Gong

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Afshin Hasani Aleni

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Susanna Hurme

Susanna Hurme

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University Lecturer

Ville-Pekka Lilja

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Anastasia Markou

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Gary Marquis

Gary Marquis

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor
Arttu Polojärvi

Arttu Polojärvi

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor

Janne Ranta

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Malith Rupasingha Arachchige

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Kari Santaoja

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Senior University Lecturer
Luc St-Pierre

Luc St-Pierre

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor
Jukka Tuhkuri

Jukka Tuhkuri

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor

Mingdong Wei

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher