Safety assessment and alternative analysis of innovative solutions based on adaptive and smart materials and structures for more efficient vessels

Business Time Project Coordinator Funding Scheme
Marine Start date: June 2009
End date: June 2012
Center of Maritime Technologies EV FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme)
Call: FP7-SST-2012-RTD-1


A ship design that provides the best efficiency under a reasonably wide range of operational conditions should be considered an optimum design. The key to meet this challenge is to make use of adaptive and smart materials and structures.


Revision of current rules and procedures that could be used for the assessment of mechanical, hydrodynamic, fire, thermal, optical properties of smart materials. Safety assessment to provide technical justification for alternative/innovative materials arrangements on board. This project has received funding from the European Union’s FP7 collaborative project under Grant agreement No 314206.


A set of smart design solutions was developed that help to provide optimised properties of ship hulls and outfitting systems at varying conditions. Finally, prototypes have been built and assessed in terms of technical properties, safety issues, and economic and ecologic impact as well.

Project Consortium

1 Center of maritime technologies EV- Project Coordinator 2 Uljanik Brodogradiliste DD 3 RINA Services SpA 4 Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Mbh & Co KG 5 Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V. 6 Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT 7 Lloyd's Register EMEA  8 SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB 9 Alveus L.L.C. 10 University of Southampton 11 Ship design group Srl 12 Universitatea Dunarea de Jos din Galati 13 STX France SA 14 Compania Trasmediterranea SA 15 Acciona Infraestructuras S.A. 16 Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GMBH 17 Carnival PLC 18 SC Navrom Reparatii SRL 19 Mec Insenerilahendused 20 Saare Paat AS.