The University of British Columbia
NSERC/Seaspan Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent and Green Marine Vessels (IGMVs)
Industrial Research Chairs program
Associate Chairholder since 2020
This Industrial Research Chair addresses scientific challenges and provides technical solutions toward the development of next-generation intelligent and green marine vessels (IGMVs), by partnering the University of British Columbia with the Canadian marine industry. Advanced research on IGMVs is important to the marine industry in two primary ways: one, improvement of energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and two, understanding and developing mitigation strategies for adverse underwater radiated noise from vessels. New scientific understanding and tools will help protect marine ecosystems, supporting the goals of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, while research collaboration with our industry partners will advance their work under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
Technical objectives of the program are to develop high-fidelity methodologies and tools for multiphysics simulations that can predict fundamental characteristics leading to improved design, production and operation of marine vessels. Part of the program is carried out by Dr. Rajeev Jaiman’s research group, the Computational Multiphysics Lab, which will focus on hydrodynamics and fluid-structure interaction. A group lead by Dr. Jasmin Jelovica is focusing on structural mechanics, welding and optimization. The two groups will work collaboratively toward integrated design tools and new solutions.
Dr. Jaiman and his team will employ cutting-edge multiphysics analysis techniques and control strategies that will drive IGMV design and operation. Uniquely, this research program will utilize both physics-based and data-driven models to realize next-generation vessel development. Leveraging innovation in computational intelligence and machine learning techniques, this research will also provide the foundation for marine vessels capable of using self-learning to improve operational performance and safety.
Dr. Jaiman is known internationally in the field of computational fluid mechanics and fluid-structure interaction. He has developed novel simulation techniques and algorithms to address challenges in simulating large-scale marine/offshore systems, which have also been employed in the design of systems in the wind turbine and aerospace sectors. Besides the development and application of numerical techniques, his new methods and tools are used to explore a range of fundamental physics questions arising from both canonical and practical problems of hydrodynamics and fluid-structure interactions. He was recently awarded the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award and prestigious engineering recognition by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, for the development of a next-generation revolutionary semi-submersible for ultradeep water.
This Chair will partner with the Canadian marine industry, led by Seaspan Shipyards (a multi-purpose Vancouver facility, which is the most modern of its kind in North America) and its main partners, Serco Canada, Vard Marine and Robert Allan. Seaspan is one of two companies in Canada building ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, while the other companies in this program are supporting it with analysis and design. As future operators or owners of the marine vessels, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard are also involved in this research process. The advanced research on IGMV will be directly beneficial to the design and production of marine vessels at Seaspan, boosting its research and development capacity for new technologies, processes and competencies. As Seaspan is a participant in the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the work will support this long-term federal project to renew Canada's fleet of combat and non-combat vessels in the navy and the Coast Guard. It is expected that the proposed research program on IGMVs will generate new products and services for the Canadian marine industry, enhancing its international competitiveness, while addressing challenges presented by the need for more efficient, safer and cleaner marine vessels.
- Seaspan Shipyards Ltd.
- Vard Marine Ltd.
- Robert Allan Ltd.
- Serco Canada Marine
The University of British Columbia