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IJME 428

Paper Title: Managing International Collaborative Research Between Academics, Industries, and Policy Makers in Understanding the Effects of Biofouling in Ship Hull Turbulent Boundary Layers



B Nugroho and B Ganapathisubramani, University of Southampton, UK
I K A P Utama and I K Suastika, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Indonesia
F A Prasetyo, PT Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia (Persero), Indonesia
M Yusuf, PT Dharma Lautan Utama (DLU), Indonesia
M Tullberg, Hempel A/S, Denmark
J P Monty and N Hutchins, University of Melbourne, Australia


This report documents a large scale joint research project with the aim of improving the efficiency of ship operations and management by providing a methodology and technology that can quantify the emission and fuel usage penalty due to bio-fouling on ship hull. This can be obtained through better understanding of turbulent boundary layer flows over rough surfaces that cause skin friction drag. Here six different institutions from four countries (Australia, Denmark, Indonesia, and UK) that consist of universities, a passenger ship company, a manufacturer of anti-fouling coatings, and the Indonesian Classification Society are formed. They represent three fields, namely: academic, industrial, and an independent party that supports policy makers. Each of them has different objectives and interests that are interconnected. The research collaboration uses an in-situ laser-based measurement technique of the water flow over the hull of an operating ship combined with under-water image-based surface scanning techniques. The shipboard experiments are accompanied by detailed laboratory experiments to provide further validation. This paper will discuss the importance and challenges of managing such collaboration and the significance of satisfying individual objectives from each three fields in order to achieve the overarching aim.


Transactions RINA, Vol 159, Part A3, International Journal Maritime Engineering, Jul-Sep 2017 

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DOI No: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2017.a3.428

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