|TNO Building and Construction Research
Department of Engineering Mechanics and Information Technology Centre for Mechanical Engineering
TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research is a fully independent R&D organization with a staff of about 4000 and a total turnover of approximately 350 MECU. The organization occupies a unique position in transferring knowledge, bridging the gap between university research and the industry and government. An important number of industrial clients belong to the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's).
The Centre for Mechanical Engineering is part of the Department of Engineering Mechanics and Information of the TNO Building and Construction Research which is one of the institutes which form TNO.
Among other the Centre for Mechanical Engineering has been actively involved in maritime research for over 30 years.
Besides that it the Centre regularly co-operates with other TNO institutes as TNO Industry (material research and fabrication technology) and TNO Institute for Perception (ship safety research and human engineering). Moreover we co-operate with Dutch Universities of Technology and external organisations as the Netherlands Maritime Research Institute (MARIN) and participates in many European research Programmes ESPRIT and BRITE/EURAM etc..
In 1991 the Centre carried out collision tests with two inland waterway vessels. The purpose of these experiments was to demonstrate effectiveness of double hull structure and to verify the accuracy of computer programs. In 1994 the Centre performed grounding experiments again with help of an inland waterway vessel. For this purpose an artificial rock was constructed on a pontoon. This year (1997) a new series of collision experiments will be carried out.
Other projects participated by our Section for Information Technology:
RTP3.8 Naval application of composites
Within the MAREXPO Project TNO is responsible partner for the participation of MAREXPO at the following events:
Mr. Gerard T.M. Janssen