News: Mechanics and Maritime Sciences related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 20 Sep 2021 00:56:21 +0200 in focus for the new Director for Energy Area of Advance<p><b>​Tomas Kåberger is the new Director of Chalmers Energy Area of Advance. He took office on 1 September.– It feels so good to hand over to Tomas, he has the knowledge, experience and network in the society and industry to pursue strategic sustainability issues that benefit societal development, says Maria Grahn who is now leaving the assignment.</b></p>​<img src="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/PublishingImages/Tomas_Kåberger_4_Highrez.jpg" alt="Tomas Kåberger" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px 10px;width:350px;height:337px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Tomas Kåberger's</strong> hallmark is to drive change from different platforms. So what does the vision look like when you now take on this task?</span><div>– The world's energy supply is developing rapidly and research results and new technology are valuable. Chalmers’ researchers have a lot to offer and I want to help in making this knowledge useful, says Tomas Kåberger, who is reinstated professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology.<br /><br /></div> <div>Tomas left his professorship at Chalmers three years ago, to work with energy technology innovations and industrial development together with InnoEnergy, which is part of the EIT, European Institute of Innovation and Technology. He has also until recently been a member of the Swedish Government's Climate Policy Council and will continue as chairman of the Renewable Energy Institute in Tokyo and board member of Vattenfall.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>– The key word during my years </strong>as Director for Chalmers Energy Area of Advance has been collaboration and achieving exciting strategic collaborations together with academia, authorities and industry, says Maria Grahn, associate professor at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.</div> <div>For research on complex systems, the term wicked sustainability problems is sometimes used. One example is the transition into sustainable energy and transport systems.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/nyheter/PublishingImages/Maria_G.jpg" alt="Maria Grahn" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />– Now, for example, electric cars are part of the solution, but as soon as you introduce electric cars, you have to deal with new challenges - you have to think about cobalt and lithium with all that entails regarding resource constraints and other risks such as child labor. But there is no actor who can solve a wicked problem on his own. So we have to take on the challenge from a larger perspective so that we really create a sustainable society and achieve the UN's sustainability goals, says Maria Grahn.</div> <div>During her time as Director for the Energy area, she introduced a special track for collaborative projects, where researchers can apply for funding where they take on a challenge based issue from at least two different aspects to find as sustainable solutions as possible.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>The IPCC's latest report,</strong> Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, is the sharpest to date, with the same message as previous reports but now with even larger letters and with even more consensus among the researchers. In media reporting, one hears that much must change, not just the energy system, but everything from what we consume, to how it is produced. Here you have to be wise strategically and have a long-term focus.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How do you see the role of Chalmers University of Technology and the Areas of Advance in contributing to this transition?</strong></div> <div>– Yes, the threat levels look worse. But at the same time, the technical solutions have become better and economically competitive. Now it is more about quickly putting the new technology into use and developing the industry in Sweden and Europe to enable global economic prosperity. Now it is more important and more fun to engage in energy technologies than it has been in 100 years, says Tomas Kåberger.</div> <div>Tomas is constantly moving between academia, authorities, environmental organizations, and companies, and they are also the ones who gather at our seminars.</div> <div>– Here, he points out, that Chalmers Areas of Advance has, in organized collaborations with companies at open seminars, managed to establish an arena that attracts participants from Chalmers and society. With these contacts with the outside world, Chalmers also contributes to the formation of new constellations of researchers to handle research tasks that are relevant to the outside world.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What do you especially want to highlight?</strong></div> <div>– After the pandemic year, I hope that we will be able to have more creative meetings both internally and externally, and that the combination of real meetings and all the communication methods we have now learned will give us even more international exchange.</div> <div>Tomas Kåberger wants to contribute with efficient internal processes and focus on getting results in use.</div> <div>– It will be inspiring to, together with talented Chalmers researchers, contribute to the industrial development of western Sweden, Sweden and Europe, he concludes.<br /><br /><b>Related:<br /></b><span></span><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Renewable Energy Institute, Japan</a><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Vattenfall</a><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Swedish Climate Policy Council</a><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />InnoEnergy</a><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Tomas Kåberger – Wiki​</a><br /><br /><br />Photo: Christian Löwhagen<br />Text: Ann-Christine Nordin</div> <div><br /></div> ​Thu, 09 Sep 2021 10:15:00 +0200 researchers heading to the Arctic Ocean<p><b>​At the end of July, a polar research expedition departs from Helsingborg in Sweden. Onboard are Chalmers researchers Amanda Nylund and Anna Lunde Hermansson, who will be investigating changes in the marine Arctic system.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Amanda Nylund and Anna Lunde Hermansson, researchers at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers, will study the status of the Arctic ecosystem in an expedition called Synoptic Arctic Survey. In the Swedish part of the journey, 39 researchers from 14 departments will participate, of which six are Swedish universities. It is part of an international expedition where Oden is one of twelve research vessels.</span><div><span style="background-color:initial">The Arctic is the part of our planet that is currently most affected by global warming, making it an important region to map. The aim is that the measurements made during the expedition will lead to a better understanding of how variations in the Arctic Ocean are interconnected, how the carbon and ecosystems react to climate change, and how chemical and biological disturbances in one region can spread to another. The expedition will travel to a relatively unexplored area in the Arctic Ocean. </span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">B</span><span style="background-color:initial">efore their departure on July 26, a one-week quarantine awaits everyone on board due to the pandemic. At the beginning of August, the observations in the Arctic Ocean begin. The estimated return to Helsingborg is at the end of September.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What will you focus on in this expedition?</strong></div> <div><strong>Amanda:</strong> We will look at the chemical measurements that concern the carbonate system.</div> <div><strong>Anna: </strong>In our team, we are responsible for three of the measurements. We will spend a lot of time on deck and in the lab. We will be working in shifts to get all the samples done on time.</div> <div><strong>Amanda:</strong> Previously, more physical and chemical measurements have been made compared to biological ones. And now there is a great effort to do all this work simultaneously. Since all of these pieces are connected, our measurements will be part of a bigger whole.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How does it feel going to the Arctic?</strong></div> <div><strong>Anna: </strong>It feels like a privilege to be able to dive deep into these subjects in an isolated place. Our expedition will take us to an area where there has hardly been a research expedition before, which also feels fantastic.</div> <div><strong>Amanda:</strong> I've always wanted to go to the Arctic or the Antarctic. I have previously been to Svalbard but stayed mostly on land during that trip. What we are doing now is an incredible opportunity for any researcher. The expedition is so well organized and extensive. We will measure everything when we are out there. For me, this is a dream come true. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Will you encounter any polar bears?</strong></div> <div><strong>Amanda:</strong> It would be amazing to get out on the ice even if it is not the main focus of this expedition. I would love to see some polar bears, but also whales and birds.</div> <div><strong>Anna: </strong>There will not be a separate research group onboard that specifically studies marine birds and mammals, but we are encouraged to keep an eye out and log our observations if possible, a bit in the style of citizen research. We can also help with fishing and see what kind of fish is out there. We'll see if we will get any sleep at all. Maybe we will only work with the measurements and look for different kinds of animals while we are there. I will definitely bring a pair of binoculars with me. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How have you prepared before departure?</strong></div> <div><strong>Amanda: </strong>We already know what kind of measurements we will be doing and have a good supervisor. There will be doctors on board and we have gotten a lot of information before we go, which makes it feel incredibly safe since this is the first time we are doing this. </div> <div><strong>Anna:</strong> I have mostly been preparing the practical things, like buying an external hard drive because we will not have access to the internet when we are there. And to make sure that the insurances are in order. What I worry about the most is that we all have to sit isolated in separate hotel rooms a week before departure. That kind of challenge feels much harder somehow.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What are you looking forward to the most?</strong></div> <div><strong>Anna: </strong>I am very much looking forward to going into a research bubble and the daily interaction with other researchers. I have been missing this kind of work during the pandemic even if we have kept in touch digitally.</div> <div><strong>Amanda: </strong>Discovering new things together and wondering what our finds can mean is so exciting. I look forward to finding out what it looks like there. In areas like this, you feel small as a human being and can marvel at nature. It is very far away from everything and we will be isolated from the outside world. This experience will most certainly pave the way for new perspectives.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What do you hope that your research will lead to? </strong></div> <div><strong>Anna: </strong>I hope that we can contribute to the understanding of how the Arctic is changing, but also how the Arctic environment can affect and be affected by climate change. We do not know that now and that is why this expedition is so necessary. We need increased knowledge about how we can preserve the area. Now that the ice is melting, there is a possibility that shipping will increase in the area. It is important that this is not allowed uncontrollably and that we have a plan for it based on research.</div> <div><strong>Amanda: </strong>There are many &quot;white spots&quot; on the map with regards to measuring points in the Arctic. Therefore, new measuring points can mean a great deal to our understanding of the place. It is a very important area that we know very little about. What we learn on the expedition can give us a clue as to what may happen in the future.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text: </strong>Vedrana Sivac</div> <div><strong>Photo:</strong> Private</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" title="link to" target="_blank">Read more about the expedition </a></div> <div><a href="" title="link to" target="_blank">A map of the expedition route </a></div> <div><br /></div>Tue, 13 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0200 on the surface will inspect our ports<p><b>​The autonomous watercraft Seacat will monitor and inspect ports and marine facilities, both above and below water surface. The prototype is now refined in collaboration between Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, among others.</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">Ports and marine facilities, such as platforms for work and housing, wind power plants and piers, may in the future be inspected by the Seacat drone. The autonomous system with remote control has been developed by Chalmers' infrastructure Revere, where researcher Ola Benderius works.</span></div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“We work with Seacat in the same way as we have done for many years with cars and trucks. We plan to be able to add more new functions to the vehicle via the internet, and completely avoid manual steps”, he says.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span><span></span>Need for inspections below surface​<br /></span></h2> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Today, infrastructure of national interest, such as large ports, </span><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">outlets at nuclear power plants or large cables for communication, must be inspected at least every six years in accordance with requirements from the Swedish Transport Administration. Inspections must be made at so-called “hand close distance”. This means, for example, that quay sides and their foundations must be visually and manually inspected, square meter by square meter.<br /><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">With flying drones, it is relatively easy to inspect the land side and, to some extent, the side of the quay side. But the process is all the more difficult near water surface, and on parts standing on the seabed. Researchers in the Seacat project now want to facilitate inspections by developing a drone with sensors both above and below surface. In addition, the drone needs to be easy to maneuver and adapted for the port operator.</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“How deep Seacat can inspect will probably depend on which multi-beam you use. But I think that Seacat above all has its strength where the water is too shallow, or the space is too narrow for inspections using ships. When the water is shallow, inspections also takes longer, as sweeps with the multi-beams are not so wide”, says Ola Benderius.<br /><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">More regular inspections of quay sides will increase the possibility of quickly detecting wear, objects on the seabed and other deviations. The researchers believe that even older data can be valuable in order to analyze and trace damage back in time.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span lang="EN-US">Growing need for drones at sea</span></h2> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Our tr</span><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">ansition to a sustainable society entails more use of marine resource</span><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">s. Fish and mussel farms, marine energy plants and other types of anchored infrastructure will increase in number. This in turn will increase the need for regular inspections, all year round.<br /><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Robert Rylander is a technical expert at RISE, with a background in advanced marine observations. He is also part of heading development of the Seacat craft.</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“A maritime system that operates in a Nordic climate must be able to function all year round, and even with some ice formation. There is no supplier of autonomous surface drones with this capacity on the market today.”<br /><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">And the project has already come a long way. The project group showed that Seacat was able to handle autonomous maneuvering during a demonstration back in 2019.</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“To be able to carry out inspections and also certain measures from a safe place ashore, during most days of the year, is of great benefit to society. It is an important step for a cost-effective management of various types of marine facilities”, says Torsten Linders, initiator and coordinator at the Swedish Center for Ocean Observing Technology (SCOOT), which is led by the University of Gothenburg.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span lang="EN-US">Developing new collaborations</span></h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">In December, the Seacat project received funding from Vinnova to continue development of the drone. In the new phase, more parties have joined the project, including the Port of Gothenburg and Floatel International. Torsten Linders is satisfied:</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“This is exactly what SCOOT does. We connect stakeholders from academia and research institutes with industry, to accelerate the development of marine data collection. By taking advantage of each other’s resources, we reach much further than we would individually”, he says.<br /><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">From Chalmers’ side, work is now continuing on automated launch of functions and updates in software, as well as automated flow of data, from sensors above and below water to a cloud based solution.</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“We also work towards productification and so-called digital twins. We will specify the whole system in a, what I call, cyberphysical model. The model then forms the basis for the initial generation of software, future software changes, and the digital twin who resides in a simulated environment”, says Ola Benderius.</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Text: Maria Holmkvist, University of Gothenburg, and Mia Malmstedt, Chalmers</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Photo: Maria Holmkvist</span></p>Tue, 04 May 2021 14:00:00 +0200 a bright perspective on increased collaboration<p><b>​A fantastic opportunity to both deepen and broaden collaborations between VTI and Chalmers. This is how Astrid Linder, since many years Adjunct Professor of Vehicle Safety at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, sees that she was recently appointed Professor of Traffic Safety at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Hi there, Astrid Linder, recently appointed Professor at VTI! What are you working on right now?</strong></span><div>&quot;I coordinate, among other things, the VIRTUAL project, for which we have received EUR 7 million from the European Commission. Chalmers is one of 15 parties included in the consortium. It finances the current development of open source Human Body Models (HBMs) at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In the VIRTUAL project, we build a platform, i.e. computer surface, with different tools. It's like a virtual workshop with human models, analysis tools and components that are open to everyone to use.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>You have worked at VTI for a long time. How do you think you can develop the collaboration with Chalmers based on the fact that you are now a professor at VTI?</strong></div> <div>&quot;Chalmers and VTI collaborate in vehicle safety since many years and I would like to both broaden and deepen that. An example is the exciting area where, among others, Mats Svensson and I work together to improve the opportunities to evaluate vehicle safety. We work with models of humans to find out the best ways to prevent people from suffering disabling injuries.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For the first time, we now have HBMs of both an average woman and an average man. Virtual models where both women and men are represented also make it possible to address the population more broadly.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>In what ways do you see opportunities to broaden the collaboration with Chalmers?</strong></div> <div>&quot;I see opportunities to work together with the group on vehicle safety to connect more competencies. An example is the environmental aspects of transport and how they affect health linked to the factors that affect the risk of injury in a collision.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Another area where I see great potential for collaborations is when it comes to sports injuries. There, our knowledge in crash safety, what we call biomechanics, could be combined with other researchers' knowledge of the human body, injuries, strain, and rehabilitation. The HBMs, i.e. our virtual models, are the tools we use when we implement our knowledge of the human body.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>You also want to highlight an aspect of sustainability in traffic and vehicle safety that has less to do with physical environment, right?</strong></div> <div>&quot;Yes, for us to achieve a sustainable society and a sustainable transport system, it‘s important to work to reduce the number of people killed and disabled in traffic. Road safety is part of the UN's global sustainable development goals.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>My focus is on injury prevention. My vision is to make a contribution to achieving the new road safety goals for 2030, and one day achieving what the Vision Zero describes, that is a transport system where we lose neither life nor health.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Think of the steps that have been taken in the work environment area over the past hundred years. It still happens that people get injured at work, but we do not go and &quot;expect&quot; that someone will be killed or injured at work.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Over the years, you have more and more switched to leading research and working to get funding for research. How come?</strong></div> <div>&quot;I work at an institute where the research is fully externally funded. When it comes to the research itself, I nowadays hand it over to others as soon as I can. It is about giving future generations opportunities to step into this area of research that is so important. That's part of my strategy.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About Astrid Linder and the new professorship at VTI (Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute​)</h2> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/M2/Nyheter/Astrid%20Linder%20professor%20VTI/Angela-Hillemyr-3-250-195.jpg" alt="Portrait of Angela Hillemyr" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />Angela Hillemyr</strong>, Head of Department at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2):</div> <div>&quot;For several years, Chalmers has had a fruitful collaboration with VTI in various research areas. Through the new professorship at VTI in road safety with a focus on personal injury prevention, the collaboration will be strengthened with M2, and the Division of Vehicle Safety in particular.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>VTI and Mechanics and Maritime Sciences have activities and resources that complement each other, among other things in the form of an advanced crash lab at VTI and of broad competence and experience in mathematical modeling of humans at M2 and Vehicle Safety. Our in-depth collaboration will promote the development of safety both in vehicles and for unprotected road users, and thus contribute to reduced human suffering.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/M2/Nyheter/Astrid%20Linder%20professor%20VTI/Jan-Andersson-VTI-250-195-NY.jpg" alt="Portrait of Jan Andersson" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Jan Andersson</strong>, professor at the Research Department of Traffic and road-users at VTI:</div> <div>&quot;One of VTI's purposes with our professorships is to strengthen collaboration with strong academic universities in selected areas. With the appointment of Astrid Linder as a professor, we want to work for the development of good collaborations between Chalmers and VTI in the area of road safety with a focus on injury prevention.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Here you can see a <a href="">video clip​</a> from German TV about Astrid Linder and the research project VIRTUAL. <br /><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Text: Anna Vörös​</strong></span>​Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200’s acquisition of SSPA confirmed<p><b>​Rise and the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation have signed an agreement regarding the sale of SSPA to the Rise Group.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The agreement confirms Rise’s acquisition of SSPA. Rise operates under similar conditions to SSPA, with a combination of public and commercial research and development activities, and has the expertise and client base that match SSPA in a way that is beneficial for the continued development of the business.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>&quot;The Chalmers Foundation wishes to focus more on the University's core activities – research, education and utilisation, as well as creating the best possible future conditions for SSPA,&quot; says Chalmers President and CEO Stefan Bengtsson. &quot;Our judgement is that Rise offers the right organisational atmosphere to strengthen and further develop SSPA's operations.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Pia Sandvik, CEO of Rise, comments: </div> <div>&quot;<span style="background-color:initial">I warmly welcome SSPA to Rise and look forward to following the development closely. SSPA conducts internationally recognised, high quality maritime research, and will be a strategically important reinforcement for Rise's existing maritime operations.&quot;</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>To plan and prepare for the company transfer, which will take place on 1 June 2021, Rise will start an integration project for the process of incorporating SSPA's operations into Rise. SSPA's operations will continue unchanged until the takeover.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>SSPA Sweden AB works with research and development in maritime technology, and is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation. The company has about 90 employees in Gothenburg and Stockholm.</div> <div><br /></div></div>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:15:00 +0200 test bed is being established<p><b>​Chalmers and RISE are now commencing construction of Sweden's electromobility test centre: Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL). Electrification of the transport sector is to be speeded up at SEEL's three plants in Gothenburg, Nykvarn and Borås.</b></p><div>​Through close collaboration between the twin owners Chalmers and RISE, the Swedish government and the industrial partners CEVT, Scania, Volvo Cars and the Volvo Group, the test centre will be a key resource – open to collaboration with players throughout Europe – in terms of making Sweden a world leader in the field of electromobility. Together, the governmental allocation, the industry partners’ commitments and proprietorial responsibility on the part of RISE and Chalmers will allow an investment of SEK 1.3bn in the test centre. </div> <div> </div> <div>“Sweden has a long tradition of vehicle manufacture, and we are at the same time one of the world's most innovative countries. Through SEEL we are making use of these strengths to electrify the transport sector, reduce emissions and simultaneously increase Sweden's competitiveness and create jobs in Sweden. This will be an important tool with which the Swedish automotive industry can steer global development towards increased sustainability,&quot; says Ibrahim Baylan, Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Diversity of test possibilities for electrification</h2> <div>At the test centre’s three plants, industry, institutes and academia will test most of the types of technology and safety consideration required for electrified transport – including innovative new concepts at early stages of development. The test objects comprise a number of different kinds of components for electrical drivelines and energy storage intended for vehicles and ships, as well as systems for propulsion and energy management. Physically this means gearboxes, shaft systems, hubs, electric motors, power electronics, batteries and fuel cells.</div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20210101-20210631/Stefan%20Bengtsson_175x225px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /> <div>The marine sector and aviation will also greatly benefit from the test centre – for testing and as a meeting place and platform for wide-ranging knowledge development in the field of electromobility.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Together with RISE, Chalmers has chosen to assume active proprietorial responsibility for the test bed, so as to facilitate the most efficient support for the Swedish and European automotive industries in their rapid transition to electromobility. The venture simultaneously provides us with excellent opportunities to further consolidate our research and education in the field of electromobility,&quot; says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">A wide range will be offered at the biggest plant in Gothenburg<br /></h2> <div>The biggest of SEEL's three plants is being constructed in Säve, Gothenburg, involving a planned area of 13,000 square metres. The plant will be able to meet the needs of developers of heavy and light vehicles, trucks and buses, construction equipment, aircraft and ships. Tests will be possible on all types of battery systems, including components from subcontractors. A wide range of testing in the field of electromobility will be offered at Säve. </div> <div> </div> <div>Safety tests will be the focus of the Borås plant, related to charging, short circuits, vibrations, mechanical shock, extreme temperatures and fire risks. In Nykvarn the emphasis of work will be on research and testing in the field of battery technology, and dynamic testing of components for heavy vehicles.</div> <div> </div> <div>“SEEL will increase the Swedish automobile industry’s competitiveness and contribute towards Sweden remaining at the cutting edge with regard to innovation within the transport sector. SEEL is very well placed to become a world-leading test centre for electromobility, and it will assume an important role in the automobile industry's transitional work,&quot; says Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE.</div> <div> </div> <div>The automotive industry in Sweden has set ambitious targets for its technology transition, and the companies' active involvement is promoting the strategic relevance of the technical testing opportunities currently being established. The test centre will simultaneously act as an open platform that will also welcome researchers, other big industrial companies, SMEs, professionals and students wishing to develop their knowledge. </div> <div> </div> <div>The Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory will be operational by the second quarter of 2023. Procurement of contracts and equipment is currently in progress.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL)</h3> <div>The Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL) is a test centre for research and development in the field of electromobility, and is owned and run by Chalmers and RISE as a joint venture. The aim is to consolidate efficient knowledge development and improve the conditions for collaboration in the field of electrified transport in Sweden and Europe. Players in the automotive, aerospace and maritime sectors plus other companies developing technology in relevant areas will gain a common platform on which to meet, and will jointly benefit from the knowledge development and technology shift currently taking place. Researchers at colleges of higher education, universities and research institutes will at the same time gain access to advanced research infrastructure in the field of electromobility. The test bed will be operational by 2023.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the test bed as part of a European investment in a value chain for batteries </h3> <div>The SEK 575m state aid from the Swedish Energy Agency for the electromobility lab SEEL is being provided within the parameters of an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI), in order to create a European value chain for batteries. The ten-year project involves 17 participants from seven member states. It includes major European investments in the field of raw and advanced materials for batteries, battery cells &amp; modules and entire battery systems, as well as in the use, recycling and refinement of recycled materials. The investment is being made within the parameters of the <a href="" target="_blank">European Battery Alliance</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more: <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />State aid: The European Commission is approving public aid totalling €3.2 billion from seven member states for a pan-European research &amp; innovation project across the entire value chain for batteries</a></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Photo:</strong> Anna-Lena Lundqvist<br /></div>Mon, 08 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0100 for planning grants <p><b></b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">The Production Area of Advance (AoA) management introduced the planning grants last year and will continue the distribution during 2021. The purpose is to give better opportunities to prepare for major research projects, or establish collaborations with other/various research disciplines, practice and users on international level. The grant is intended as support for creating larger projects that require additional efforts in preparation and not intended for normal project applications for national funding.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><b>The planning grant within Production AoA is maximum SEK 50.000/project. </b></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Application dates</h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The application will be open throughout 2021 with 3 cut-offs.: </span><b>31 March, 30 June</b> and <b>30 September 2021</b>. Send your application to Lars Nyborg with cc to Michael Eriksson (see below).</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Application </h3> <div>Max 1 page including:</div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>Motivation how the intended project if would contribute to the overall vision, mission and challenges of Production AoA</li> <div> </div> <li>Tentative consortium</li> <div> </div> <li>Call identifier (Vinnova, Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe, EIT Manufacturing, Formas, VR, Swedish Energy Agency)</li> <div> </div> <li>Any co-ordinated more prominent project initiation with IKEA would be eligible</li> <div> </div> <li><div>Any initiation of international co-operation that can be sustainable (note how long-term funding can be secured should be indicated)</div></li> <div> </div> <li><div>Budg<span>et (travel, meetings, etc.</span></div></li></ul></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Contact</h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Director </span><a href=""><span style="background-color:initial">Lars Nybor</span><span style="background-color:initial">g</span></a><span style="background-color:initial"> and </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">Michael Eriksson</a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href=""></a> </span></div> <div> </div>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 for ICT seed projects 2022<p><b> Call for proposals within ICT strategic areas and involving interdisciplinary approaches.​</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="color:rgb(153, 51, 0)"><span style="color:rgb(153, 51, 0)">The application date has expired!</span></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Important dates:</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li><b>Submission date: </b><span style="text-decoration:line-through">April 29, 2021</span></li> <li><b>Notification:</b> mid-June, 2021</li> <li><b>Expected start of the project:</b> January 2022</li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Background</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance</b> (AoA) provides financial support for SEED projects, i.e., projects involving innovative ideas that can be a starting point for further collaborative research and joint funding applications. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>We will prioritize research projects that <strong>involve researchers from different research communities</strong> (for example across ICT departments or between ICT and other Areas of Advances) and who have not worked together before (i.e., have no joint projects/publications). </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Research projects involving a <strong>gender-balanced team and younger researchers</strong>, e.g., assistant professors, will be prioritized. Additionally, proposals related to <strong>sustainability</strong> and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are encouraged.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b><em>Note: </em></b><em>Only researchers employed at Chalmers can apply and can be funded. PhD students cannot be supported by this call.  Applicants and co-applicants of research proposals funded in the 2020 and 2021 ICT SEED calls cannot apply. </em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The total budget of the call is 1 MSEK.</b> We expect to fund 3-5 projects</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Details of the call</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>The project should include at least two researchers from different divisions at Chalmers (preferably two different departments) and who should have complementary expertise, and no joint projects/publications.</li> <li>Proposals involving teams with good gender balance and involving assistant professors will be prioritized.</li> <li>The project should contribute to sustainable development. </li> <li>The budget must be between 100 kSEK and 300 kSEK, including indirect costs (OH). The budget is mainly to cover personnel costs for Chalmers employees (but not PhD students). The budget cannot cover costs for equipment or travel costs to conferences/research visits. </li> <li>The project must start in early 2022 and should last 3-6 months. </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What must the application contain?</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be at most 3 pages long, font Times–roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Finally, an additional one-page CV of each one of the applicants must be included (max 4 CVs). Proposals that do not comply with this format will be desk rejected (no review process).</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>a)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>project title </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>b)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>name, e-mail, and affiliation (department, division) of the applicants</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>c)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the research challenges addressed and the objective of the project; interdisciplinary aspects should be highlighted; also the applicant should discuss how the project contributes to sustainable development, preferably in relation to the <a href="" title="link to UN webpage">UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)</a>. Try to be specific and list the targets within each Goal that are addressed by your project.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>d)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project description </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>e)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the expected outcome (including dissemination plan) and the plan for further research and funding acquisition</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>f)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project participants and the planned efforts</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>g)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project budget and activity timeline
</div> <div><div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Evaluation Criteria</h3> <div><ul><li>Team composition</li> <li>Interdisciplinarity</li> <li>Novelty</li> <li>Relevance to AoA ICT and Chalmers research strategy as well as to SDG</li> <li>Dissemination plan</li> <li>Potential for further research and joint funding applications</li> <li>Budget and project feasibility​</li></ul></div></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Submission</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be submitted as one PDF document to</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href=""></a></span></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and selected Chalmers researchers.

</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Questions</b> can be addressed to <a href="">Erik Ström</a> or <a href="">Giuseppe Durisi​</a> </span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">General information about the ICT Area of Advance can be found at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/Pages/default.aspx"> ​</a></span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/About%20us/IKT_logo_600px.jpg" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">​​<br /></span></div>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 ship design will reduce the risk of accidents<p><b>​The Chalmers researcher Jonas Ringsberg has together with colleagues in South Korea contributed to design and software for the industry on how ships can be designed to reduce the risk of accidents at arctic and cryogenic temperatures.​</b></p>​Shipping is constantly looking for new fuels that have as low environmental impact as possible. A fuel that has become increasingly popular is liquefied natural gas, known as LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). It’s already used today in cruise ships, passenger ships and container ships. <div><br /></div> <div>In the risk analysis for the ships' panel structures that have an important structural function, one has in the design assumed that LNG leakage will very rarely occur and to some extent taken various measures to ensure that LNG does not come into contact with the panels. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>There is currently a lack of knowledge about how an LNG leakage would affect the properties of the metallic material if it occurs at the same time as the ship is out in severe weather where it’s exposed to difficult wind and wave conditions. The purpose of the project has been to compare physical model experiments and results from computer-based simulations. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“With the right knowledge, models and numerical analysis technology, we can ensure that the design of panel structures in ships that are exposed to arctic or cryogenic temperatures meets the expectations and requirements they have concerning the loads that may occur” says Jonas Ringsberg. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">The results applied with commercial software </h3> <div>The project's simulation models and results regarding buckling strength at arctic and cryogenic temperatures have already been applied with commercial software to help the industry develop revised guidelines for the design of ship structures exposed to these low temperatures. This in turn will lead to that ships that are now being developed having higher safety in the event of LNG leakage. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Tests in ICASS - unique research infrastructure </h3> <div>The physical tests were performed in a unique test facility in South Korea called The International Center for Advanced Safety Studies (ICASS) and are operated by the Korea Ship and Offshore Research Institute (KOSORI) located at Pusan National University in South Korea. With the collaboration, Chalmers has been included as a research partner, which means access to the unique facility. Something that pleases Jonas Ringsberg. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;It's very positive. The corresponding testing is not possible in Europe&quot; says Jonas Ringsberg. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Swedish Research Council project has the name &quot;Fundamental research on the ultimate compressive strength of ship stiffened plate structures at Arctic and cryogenic temperatures&quot; and received funding from the Swedish Research Council’s bilateral cooperation between Sweden and South Korea.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Read more</h3> <div><a href="">Fundamental research on the ultimate compressive strength of ship stiffened plate structures at Arctic and cryogenic temperatures</a><br /></div> <div><a href="">Impact Story from Lloyd's Register Foundation: Opening the doors of large-scale testing facilities​</a><br /></div>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 09:15:00 +0100 to research labs provides student satisfaction<p><b>​By using research infrastructure in teaching, the understanding of the subject increases. The feedback from the students is very positive. These are the experiences of the teaching staff in vehicle engineering and autonomous systems.</b></p>​Simone Sebben is head of division and professor at the Division of Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems. Together with her colleagues, she works with courses in vehicle aerodynamics and vehicle engineering, among other things. Some of the elements in the courses are located in research infrastructure at Chalmers. An example of such infrastructure is Chalmers wind tunnels, which go by the name Chalmers Laboratory of Fluids and Thermal Sciences. <div><br /></div> <div>“To understand vehicle aerodynamics, it is important that students can do something practical. In reality, seeing what happens to, for example, aerodynamic drag, when they make a change to a vehicle with their own hands is very good for their learning&quot; says Simone Sebben. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>That type of learning is only possible in a wind tunnel, she says. The students work in groups and together they make different configurations which they test. Then they get to present their results and write a report. Simone sees this as the most important moment because the students then must put into words the results they experienced. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Good for the students' resume </h3> <div>“We get very positive feedback. It increases interest in the course and constitutes a good addition to the students' resume. They can write that they have worked in a wind tunnel and that they know the basic principles of how one works, which is welcomed by the industry&quot; says Simone Sebben who herself has a background from having worked with aerodynamics at Volvo. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In addition to the wind tunnel, the students have also gained access to Asta Zero, the driving simulator Caster as well as Revere and Intelligent vehicles and robots laboratory, which deals with self-driving vehicles, active safety and vehicle dynamics. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Unique for Chalmers </h3> <div>Having this kind of infrastructure available to students makes Chalmers unique. This is not the norm, says Alexey Vdovin, a researcher in the Division of Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems, who also uses the infrastructure in his teaching. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It is highly appreciated by students as they can get experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics but also in real-life testing. Students can compare the simulation results to real-life behaviour of the airflow. They learn more by doing it this way” says Alexey Vdovin. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Valery Chernoray is a professor at the Division of Fluid Dynamics and responsible for the wind tunnel. He agrees with the teachers' observations. He believes that even if an engineer uses virtual tools, an engineer must also be able to build things in reality. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;The connection between virtual tools and reality is central and the laboratories provide this necessary link&quot; he says. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Do you want to work in a wind tunnel during your studies? </h3> <div>Then you should choose the master's program Mobility engineering. The development of autonomous and electric vehicles is rapidly changing the transport industry. Chalmers University of Technology is now launching a master's programme that will prepare engineers to face the industry's major transformation and the challenges that lie ahead. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The new master's programme Mobility Engineering, which starts in the autumn of 2021 at Chalmers, will train engineers to develop sustainable, high-performance mobility solutions and handle challenges within electrification, automation, simulation, and the reliability of vehicles. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Read more </h3> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Mobility-Engineering.aspx">Mobility Engineering </a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/m2/simulator-labs/labs/chalmerswindtunnels/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers Laboratory of Fluids and Thermal Sciences</a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/m2/education/educational-resources/Pages/Driving-Simulator.aspx">The Driving Simulator Caster</a></div> <div><a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/arkiv_revere/revere_old/Pages/default.aspx">Caster Revere</a><br /><a href="">Asta Zero​</a></div>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 13:45:00 +0100 celebrates five years of vehicle research<p><b>​Since the start, in autumn 2015, Revere – Chalmers' vehicle laboratory – has established itself as a full-fledged research infrastructure for academia and the automotive industry in western Sweden. Originating from road traffic research, the scope of Revere now also includes marine vessels and electrified vehicles.​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Self-driving vehicles, active safety and vehicle dynamics are the three areas in focus for Revere, Resource for Vehicle Research at Chalmers.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Revere%20firar%20fem%20år%20av%20fordonsforskning/fredrik_von_corswant_230px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Fredrik von Corswant" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:260px" />“Vehicle researchers and companies in the transport sector are welcome to contact us with their ideas and projects to get help to transform them from theory to reality”, says Fredrik von Corswant, Director of Revere.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In collaboration with Revere, technologies, theoretical models and algorithms can be developed and tested on real vehicles and in real traffic environments, or at <a href="" target="_blank"><div style="display:inline !important">the AstaZero test track.</div></a></div> <a href="" target="_blank">​</a><div><span style="background-color:initial">“We write research appli</span><span style="background-color:initial">cations in collaboration with researchers and industry partners, enabling a tailor-ma</span><span style="background-color:initial">de test phase that gets the most out of the results”, he declares.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Full-scale vehicles and models </strong></div> <div>In the lab at Lindholmen in Gothenburg, Revere has several vehicles of different kinds that are used in the research activities, for example a full-scale truck as well as cars and also smaller radio-controlled model vehicles. The smaller vehicles are often used in the teaching of students.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>By adapting the vehicles to the current projects and providing them with different types of sensors and equipment for data logging, communication technology and more, data can be collected and the theories refined and verified.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Our flexible, in-house developed software platform OpenDLV is our greatest asset”, says Fredrik von Corswant. “Only imagination sets the limits on what it can be used for in vehicle research, I would say. For example, it is possible to connect remotely to the vehicles while test driving, in case there is something that you immediately want to adjust in the software. Another advantage is that the platform can handle large amounts of data and is able to compress video, without losing data that is important to the algorithms.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Real tests give more reliable results </strong></div> <div>Revere often works with long vehicles and combinations of vehicles, for example a tractor unit that is connected to two semi-trailers and a converter dolly forming a High Capacity Transport, HCT vehicle. Such a combination is longer than what is normally allowed to drive on public roads in Sweden today. In the vehicle lab, research and tests are performed on, for example, how to stabilize long vehicle combinations so that they do not tip over.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We are also developing protocols for the communication between vehicle units”, Fredrik continues. “For example, if the tractor uses the brakes, a connected electrical dolly should not continue to propel forward.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Conducting tests in real life provides supplementary and more reliable information, than computer simulations alone can supply.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Only full-scale tests cover all the factors that affect the vehicle. For example, there are often disturbances that interfere with signals from sensors, inertia due to the weight of the vehicle, and also effects such as delays in the system, limitations in computer capacity, and more. Tests can provide answers to questions concerning how sensors act in bad weather or how the grip of the tires on the road surface behave depending on road conditions. This is often very difficult to determine with theoretical models alone.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Revere's software platform can also be used to perform simulations. Real traffic data can be mixed with simulated data. For example, how would a self-driving car behave if there is an unexpected object like a dustbin, or other obstacle, on the road?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We also compile datasets, such as film sequences, that are collected and created by our sensors in traffic situations of various kinds. We then share the data as open source with those who want to test their own  algorithms.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Data created in the test vehicles is automatically uploaded to Revere's cloud server. The latest addition is data from a bus, that in early 2021 will run in regular traffic between two cities in India. In connection with the cloud server, Revere also offers analyses of data in a computational cluster, which enables, for example, training of systems for machine learning.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the lab, more humanistic aspects are also studied, such as research into driver behavior and how surrounding road users perceive the interaction with self-driving vehicles since there is no driver to make eye contact with.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Research also in marine settings </strong></div> <div>For a couple of years now, Revere has entered the field of marine vessels, mainly in collaboration with RISE. A pilot boat in the port of Gothenburg is available for research projects, and also a catamaran platform and some models.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The sensor technology used does not differ much from land to sea, apart from the radar systems. We have transferred a lot of our existing systems into marine applications”, says Fredrik. “I think there is a great need and demand for research on automation in the marine settings, from academia as well as from the industry. This is definitely an area for further expansion in the future.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>A venue to be proud of </strong></div> <div>Looking back at the first five years of the lab, what is he as a Director most proud of?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We have successfully carried out a number of demonstrations of cutting-edge research, and our in-house developed software platform stands out well compared to the equivalents being developed at vehicle companies”, says Fredrik von Corswant. “Today, Revere is a venue where researchers and developers from various organizations and disciplines meet. That provides exciting cross-border connections and creates ideas for new innovations.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The demand for a vehicle research infrastructure remains stable for the foreseeable future. We have probably only entered the first phase of the societal development that self-driving cars and electrified vehicles of various kinds are bringing.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>”I hope that Revere in the future can attract more researchers and companies to be active collaborating partners. Our goal is to continue to build competence in automation and active security in the region, to provide a good recruitment base for industry and research institutes”, concludes Fredrik von Corswant.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Yvonne Jonsson<br />Photo: Henrik Sandsjö</div> <div><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Revere%20firar%20fem%20år%20av%20fordonsforskning/RevereTestfordon_Lindholmen_201016_05_750x422px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Revere at Lindholmen" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif"><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Examples of research projects</span><br /></h2></div> <div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">I-dolly, a self-propelled truck trailer without driver or car </a><br /></div> <div>Revere is testing, in collaboration with, among others, Volvo Trucks and researchers from Chalmers, an intelligent converter dolly, that has its own electrical propulsion and steering. The dolly autonomously transports trailers with containers the last kilometers from a distribution center to the end customer for unloading.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/projects/Pages/COPPLAR-CampusShuttle-cooperative-perception-Q-planning-platform.aspx">COPPLAR, a prototype car for safe navigation in complex inner-city environments </a></div> <div>In collaboration with several companies and researchers from Chalmers, Revere has developed a test vehicle for research on various self-driving functions, with a special focus on urban environments and changing weather conditions. Self-driving vehicles that cooperate with each other enable more safe navigation in complex inner-city environments. Together with Ericsson, Revere also has performed <a href=";v=fzkv5beS4uk&amp;feature=emb_logo" target="_blank">a demo on the AstaZero test track</a> to show how vehicles communicate with each other for safe passages through an intersection.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">AutoFreight, extra long self-driving trucks for smarter logistics </a></div> <div>Revere is working with about ten partners to develop solutions for self-driving trucks to travel from the port of Gothenburg to Viared, an undustrial area near Borås. Field tests are conducted on highway 40 using an extra-long vehicle combination (HCT) of nearly 32 meters, which enables the transport of two containers per truck compared to usually one.</div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Facts About Revere, Resource for Vehicle Research at Chalmers </h2> <div>Revere is a part of Chalmers' research infrastructure and is closely linked to the <a href="" target="_blank">SAFER</a> traffic research center. Other partners are Volvo Trucks and Volvo Cars. Region Västra Götaland contributes with funding. </div> <div><a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/arkiv_revere/revere_old/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about Revere</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, contact</strong></div> <div>Fredrik von Corswant, Director of Revere</div> <div><a href="​">​</a></div></div> <div><br /></div> </div>Wed, 20 Jan 2021 07:00:00 +0100’re-developing-an-AI-based-ship-support-system.aspx’re developing an AI-based ship support system<p><b>​A group of Swedish technology entrepreneurs and researchers from Chalmers have joined forces to develop an AI-based system for executing the most energy-efficient sea voyages.</b></p>​Swedish ship propulsion optimization experts, Lean Marine and AI-application developers Molflow have been collaborating with academics from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg to develop a new AI-powered, semi-autonomous system for planning and executing more energy-efficient sea voyages since the project commenced in August 2020. The project goes by the name Via Kaizen and is funded by the Swedish Transport Administration. <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">AI systems give the captain advice on how the voyage should be carried out </h3> <div>The technology available in the companies enables a high degree of digitization and automation in vessel operations. The systems optimize the propulsion line dynamically, in real-time, based on orders given by the AI system that has been developed. Data collected from the AI system and other signals on-board are then fed into a cloud-based performance management platform which shares information with other systems. With &quot;Deep Learning&quot; technologies, the systems will then be able to determine, given the constraints of the route and the ship, the most energy-efficient voyage and calculate the commands that need to be set to reach the destination with the least possible amount of fuel consumed. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Linus Ideskog, development manager at Lean Marine, says that when the perfect simulated journey is determined, their system steps in and creates an interface between the captain and the AI-based solution for travel planning. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;This gives human and machine the opportunity to collaborate and carry out the journey in an optimal way. The system can automatically and directly optimize the propulsion machinery based on commands given by the captain or received directly from the AI-solution&quot; says Linus Ideskog. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Reduces emissions from shipping </span></h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">From an academic perspective, naval architect researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology are working in close collaboration with Lean Marine and Molflow on the development of new methods, models, and algorithms. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>“In this project, we at Chalmers will develop dynamic ship speed-power performance models by combining theoretical naval architecture knowledge with AI to predict the dynamic time series of a ship’s propulsive power when the ship is encountering different wind and wave conditions” says Wengang Mao, professor at the Division of Marine Technology at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Researchers from social anthropology and human factors at Gothenburg University and Linnaeus University are conducting research on what happens to practices onboard and ashore as the new technology is implemented. The Swedish Shipowners’ Association is also participating in the project, providing vital insights and input from the Swedish shipping industry and by contributing to the dissemination of research findings and development information to the Swedish maritime industry. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In addition to the project partners, a trio of ship owners and operators are involved in the project, including chemical/product tanker owner and operator, Rederiet Stenersen and pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) owner and operator, UECC. By offering their vessels for technology and product validations, they will enable onboard testing, and the results will be directly evaluated within the scope of the project. Mikael Laurin, CEO of Lean Marine, says: </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We believe this project will contribute considerably to the reduction of emissions both from international and domestic transportation, importantly making Swedish shipping more sustainable and competitive in the long-term.”<br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Read more</h3> <div><a href="">Press release from Lean Marine</a><br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/wengang-mao.aspx">Wengang Mao​</a></div> <div></div>Fri, 11 Dec 2020 08:30:00 +0100 informatics - An area on the rise<p><b>​During the autumn, Chalmers started a Tracks course in Transport Informatics. At the same time, one of the first books on the subject with a focus on Maritime Informatics was released. A key person in the development of the book is Mikael Lind, visiting researcher at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.</b></p>​Mikael Lind is a senior strategic research advisor at the Swedish Research Institute, RISE, focusing on digital innovation in sustainable transport. Since 2018, he is also a visiting researcher at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences. He has been highly involved in shedding light upon the area of Maritime Informatics.<div> <div>It's about using digitalisation to support decision-makers in the maritime industry. This emerging field unites practitioners and researchers in helping to improve the efficiency, safety, sustainability and resilience of shipping. Digitization is an opportunity to ensure maritime supply chains being conducted with higher predictability and transparency. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Decision support for a self-organizing ecosystem</span></h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The maritime industry is unique because it is a self-organizing ecosystem, without any operational coordination body, constituted by many autonomous actors acting in competition. Therefore, it's important to address maritime informatics as an independent part, but a subset, of informatics according to Mikael Lind. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/M2/Nyheter/Mikael%20Lind.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Mikael Lind" style="margin:5px" />“By an applied science, both engaging researchers and practitioners joining forces in providing insights, experiences and opportunities for something that is a big concern for everyone; to secure value-added service to the clients of the sector” says Mikael Lind. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The applications of the research within maritime informatics are many. Mikael Lind exemplifies some of them through enhanced supply chain visibility for the clients of maritime transport chains, enhanced resource optimization for actors across the supply chain, conduction of maritime transports with high capital productivity and energy efficiency, protection of the planet and supporting reliable humanitarian deliveries such as food and medicines. It also means new markets and open innovation as well as third-party initiatives associated with supporting the above. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">With the recently released book Maritime Informatics, Mikael Lind, who acts as editor and co-author of 12 of the book's 23 chapters, wants to offer maritime industry leaders an understanding of the potential of maritime informatics so that they can improve their capital productivity and energy efficiency. The book can also be a support for improving decision-making and provides data analysis staff in the maritime industry with tools for learning to handle, report and analyze spatial time data. It will also be a suitable textbook for students studying maritime informatics. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The book is co-written by 81 people, out of 47 practitioners and 34 applied researchers, from 20 nations. From Chalmers, Fredrik Olindersson from the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences and Carl Sjöberger from the Department of Technology Management and Economics participates. </span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Tracks course in Transport Informatics </span></h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">At the same time as the book was released, Chalmers started a new tracks course in Transport Informatics. An initiative that Mikael Lind applauds. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“I think it is fantastic that Chalmers has taken a prime move to deliver capabilities of digitalization to tomorrow’s needed competencies in transport informatics. This is something that will be required by people that are working within or improving maritime transport operations. As we also know is that 90 percent of the products that we see has been in some transport chain leg been transported by the sea why the enhanced improvement of shipping is something that is of great concern for the many people in the world.” </span></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Read more: </span></h3></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">The book – Maritime Informatics </a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">Tracks course – Transport informatics </a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href=""></a></span><br /></div> <div></div></div>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0100 Thies presents research for belgian shipowner association<p><b>​A post on LinkedIn led to an invitation to speak for the Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association. Fabian Thies' post was about a model for calculating on wind-assisted propulsion of ships.</b></p>​The Belgian Shipowners' Association has a think tank they call the Maritime Industry Decarbonisation Council. They are the ones who arrange the seminar on December 7. The audience consists of technology-interested employees from ship owners, mainly from various technology departments. <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>ShipCLEAN - A model for calculating on wind-assisted propulsion</span></h3> <div>F<span style="background-color:initial">abian Thies will talk about a study he did on wind-assisted propulsion of ships, more specifically an Aframax tanker. The model uses in the study is called ShipCLEAN</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;By using my model for wind-assisted propulsion, you can with information available on the web make an assessment of what fuel savings can be made with the help of wind-assisted propulsion of the ship but also what obstacles it entails&quot; says Fabian Thies.</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span><div></div></div></div></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Read more</span></h3> <div><span><a href="">How to predict the potential fuel savings from wind-assisted propulsion for a particular ship?​ (LinkedIn)</a><br /></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/projects/Pages/ShipCLEAN---Energy-efficient-marine-transport-through_1.aspx">ShipCLEAN - Energy efficient marine transport through optimization of coupled transportation logistics and energy systems analyses​</a><br /></span></div>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 08:00:00 +0100 the webinar: Hydrogen – A silver bullet in the energy system?<p><b>​Thank all of you who participated in the webinar, 4 November: Hydrogen – A silver bullet in the energy system? Watch the seminar and download the speaker's presentations:​</b></p>​<a href="">​Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play: Hydrogen – A silver bullet in the energy system?</a><div><a href=""></a><div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Program</span><ul><li>Moderator: Anders Ådahl, Energy Area of Advance Co-Director.</li> <li><a href="">Maria Grahn</a>, Senior researcher, department of Mechanics and Maritime Science. Maritime Environmental Science. Director of Energy Area of Advance, Chalmers.<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Download the presentation:</span> <a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/nyheter/Documents/Hydrogenwebinar_M.G__overview_4%20Nov%202020_final.pdf">“Main possibilities and challenges for using hydrogen in the energy and transport sector​”​</a>​,</li> <li><a href="">Thierry Lepercq​</a>, founder of Soladvent. Former Executive Vice-President in charge of Research &amp; Technology and Innovation, ENGIE. Author of the book &quot;Hydrogen is the new oil&quot;.​<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Download the presentation:</span> <a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/nyheter/Documents/Hydrogenwebinar_TL_Prez%20Chalmers%204%20November%202020.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />“The view on hydrogen in Europe”, </a></li> <li><a href="">Björn Wickman​</a>, Associate Professor, Chemical Physics, Department of Physics, Chalmers.<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Download the presentation:</span> <a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/nyheter/Documents/Hydrogenwebinar_BW_Fuel%20Cells_4%20Nov_2020.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />“Improved fuels cells to enable a sustainable energy system”.​</a></li></ul> <div><span style="font-weight:700"><br /></span><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Panel: </span><br /><span style="font-weight:700"></span><div><ul><li><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/karin-andersson.aspx">Karin Andersson</a>, Professor in Maritime Environmental Science Expert in sustainable shipping, Chalmers. </li> <li><a href="/en/staff/Pages/tomas-gronstedt.aspx">Tomas Grönstedt</a>, Professor at Fluid Dynamics/Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers.</li> <li><a href="">Anna-Karin Jannasch</a>, Rise, Director of the Swedish testbed for hydrogen electrolysis and industrial application </li> <li>Monica Johansson, Principal Energy &amp; Fuel Analyst, Volvo group. Expert in alternative fuels, with knowledge in hydrogen infrastructure. </li> <li><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/koopmans.aspx">Lucien Koopmans</a>, Professor, head of the division Combustion and Propulsion Systems, Chalmers.</li> <li>Mattias Wondollek, Program Director, <a href="">Energiforsk</a>.​</li></ul></div></div></div></div>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100