Research at HZS
The training in Nautical Sciences at our Academy leads to an academic bachelor and master. For this purpose we must obtain the same accreditation as the universities. To make this possible, we had to ‘academise’ this training programme. This means, among others, that at the Academy scientific research must be organized to obtain the necessary support in this process of ‘academisation’, the Academy is part of AUHA (Association of University & Colleges Antwerp).
As from 2003, the Antwerp University made means available from its own research fund (BOF) to support scientific research at the colleges of the association. This way dozens of these BOF funded projects could be realised.
So far 13 BOF projects have been successfully completed at the Academy and 4 are still going on and from 2019 4 other projects will start.
Also the Antwerp Maritime Academy has internal funded research projects from internal research funds.
The European Union also give the possibility to fund research projects (EU funded Research projects).
Since the academic year 2007-2008 the professional bachelor degree in Maritime Engineering has started with applied scientific projects (PWO projects).
Present Research projects
The current research projects at the Antwerp Maritime Academy are:
Internal funded Research projects:
- Corrosion modelling of the ammunition shells on the Paardenmarkt site (2018-2019) (Antwerp Maritime Academy CORrosion Team of de AMACORT research group)
- Conservation of historical North Sea ship wrecks (2018-2019) (AMACORT research group)
The Antwerp Maritime Academy and the AMACORT research group organizes on the 1st of April 2019 the second international symposium on corrosion and fouling (more info : http://corrosion.hzs.be/)
BOF Academisation Projects:
- Sub-Nyquist underwatercommunication
- The importance of climate control during ballast tank coating of merchant ships controlled through a UV ballast water management system
- Study of the sedimentation and channel formation in a newly created tidal area.
- Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in ballast tanks of merchant ships controlled through
European funded Projects:
- Evaluation des compétences en intercompréhension réception et interactions plurilingues (2016-2019)
Applied Scientific Projects (research in the professional bachelor degree in Maritime Engineering)
- Optimalisation of the Solar empowered vessel for the international solar vessel competitions of 2018-2020 (period 2018-2020)
- Design and optimization of a low-cost solar Organic Rankine Cycle for power generation (period 2018-2020)
The upcoming research projects are:
BOF Academisation Projects: (period January 2019- December 2020)
- Sub-Nyquist in Radar applications
- Proof of concept for a decision support system to reduce the occupational risks of seafarers due to air quality
- Data optimisation of the nautical services towards the harbor of Antwerp
- Determining the influence of information overload due to augmented and virtual reality on the situation awareness of duty officers using navigation simulators
The completed research projects are:
BOF Academisation Projects period 2007-2015.
- A simulation model for the run-up procedure in the port of Antwerp
- Feasibility and efficiency of ultrasonic underwater communication
- Efficiency of an OFDM modulation system for acoustic underwater communication
- Toxic vapours at which seafarers are exposed on board of tankers during normal operations
- Physical disturbance of tide areas by waves produced by ships in the Scheldt estuary
- Corrosion in ballast tanks on board of merchant vessels
- The influence of the quality of steel on corrosion in ballast tanks on board of merchant vessels
- Relative impact of ship-induced waves versus natural water movements on the disturbance of intertidal ecosystems in the Scheldt estuary
- The corrosion resistance of experimental steel alloys in a seawater environment for the construction of ballast tanks on board of merchant navy vessels.
- The influence of chemical and microbiological factors on corrosion of ballast tanks on board of merchant navy vessels
BOF Academisation Projects period 2015-2016.
- Determining the concentrations of cargo vapours around a ship’s superstructure by wind tunnel experiments and CFD.
- Analysis of the weldability of an experimental corrosion resistant steel quality for the use in ballast tanks of merchant vessels
- Data analysis of relations between ship traffic, wind conditions, waves and erosion in intertidal ecosystems in the Scheldt estuary
- Forecasting estimated ship arrivals: data analytics in nautical datasets:.
European Research projects
The Antwerp Maritime Academy has been partner of the following European projects:
- The European Commission also is funding a lot of scientific projects. The Academy was partner in a Life-Environment Demonstration Project submitted by Hydrex NV. The LIFE-ECOTEC-STC project started in October 2006 and ended in September 2009.
- From October 2009 until September 2012 the Academy was co-partner of an INTERREG IV B North Sea Region project in cooperation with MDK. Title of the project was “BLAST (Bringing Land and Sea Together)”. The overall aim of the project was to improve Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Planning (ICZM&P) in a broad sense, by improving and harmonising the data base and by developing planning and visualisation tools as well as improvement of navigation in fairways and to ports and berthing.
- Life long learning project SEATALK.
- IAMU fondsproject ‘VTS-Bot: Analysis and implementation of a student-centred learning approach by using a ChatBot computer programme to provide for an outcome-based maritime communication training’
- NATO project 'Fighting Maritime Corrosion and Biofouling with Task-Specific Ionic Compounds
- Erasmus + project 'Maritime English Language Training Standards'
Applied Scientific Projects (research in the professional bachelor degree in Maritime Engineering) period 2007-2017
Since the academic year 2007-2008 the professional bachelor degree in Maritime Engineering has started with applied scientific projects (PWO).
- Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance by means of thermography and vibration analysis (2007-2010)
- Alternative laminates in PV-panels (2009-2011)
- Design of a Solar Powered Vessel for the Dutch Open Solar Challenge 2011 and for the Frysian Solar Challenge 2012 (2011-2012)
- Research on the possibilities of the Mirage drive propulsion system (2009-2010)
- Optimization of a Solar Powered Vessel for the Dutch Open Solar Challenge 2013 and for the Frysian Solar Challenge 2014 (2013-2014)
The research team wants to investigate several methods to reduce the weight of the solar powered vessel. Also the team wants to explore if a vessel can be built that, with the minimal power available in the A Class, can sail on foils and still be adequately maneuverable.
- Research of the effects of biodiesel on a diesel engine (2012-2014)
Given the imminent lack of fossil fuels, a greener fuel source is desirable, also in the maritime sector. This project wants to assess to what extent biodiesels can attribute to this objective, by comparing their efficiency and combustion products with those of conventional diesels. As a plus, students are taught to deal with these non-conventional fuel sources.
- Optimalisation of the solar empowered vessel for the participation to the competition of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup in 2015, 2016 & 2017 and the Frysian Dong Solar Challenge of 2016.
Dr. Marc Vervoort
Coordinator Scientific Research Antwerp Maritime Academy
tel. +32 3-205 64 66
Dr. Olivier Schalm
Scientific Advisor Antwerp Maritime Academy
tel. +32 3-205 64 45