Engineering professors appointed to prestigious international technical committees

Jan 29th, 2016

By Jackey Locke

From left are Drs. Wei Qui, Lorenzo Moro and David Molyneux. Missing from photo is Dr. Bruce Quinton.
Engineering professors appointed to prestigious international technical committees

Four professors in the faculty’s Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering have been appointed to prestigious international technical committees.

Dr. David Molyneux was appointed to the Ice Committee of the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC) and Drs. Wei Qiu, Lorenzo Moro and Bruce Quinton were appointed to the I.1 Environment, IV.2 Design Methods and V.6 Arctic Technology committees, respectively, of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC).

The ITTC is a voluntary association of worldwide organizations responsible for predicting the hydrodynamic performance of ships and marine installations based on the results of physical and numerical experiments. The conference is recognized as a non-governmental organization with observer status to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), where ITTC participates actively in matters regarding safety and performance. The Full Conference, comprising representatives of all member organizations, is held every three years and constitutes the highest authority of the ITTC. Members of its Ice Committee are responsible for the reviewing and developing procedures for predicting ice loads.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity,” said Dr. Molyneux. “The ITTC is a very important international organization that includes reduced-scale-model and full-scale measurements. The challenges increase significantly when we have to consider modeling ice. We have to get the correct dimensional similarity between model and full-scale results, for a very complex material, and different organizations have strong opinions on how it should be done. There has not been much development in this area for some time, and new understanding has given us the chance to re-consider how experiments are carried out.”

The ISSC is a forum whereby experts exchange information by undertaking and applying marine structural research. Its aim is to further understanding in the various disciplines supporting marine structural design, production and operation through international collaboration. Structures of interest to the ISSC include ships, offshore structures and other marine structures used for transportation, exploration, and exploitation of resources in and under the oceans. 

Members of the ISSC committees review and disseminate current research and provide feedback; identify areas where further research is required; and recommend improvements in design, production and operations procedures.

The ISSC’s I.1 Environment Committee addresses aspects associated with the ocean environment, especially wave, current, wind and temperature statistics, in deep and shallow waters, as a basis for determining environmental forces for structural design, including some considerations of marine growth. The committee also considers statistical descriptions of ice and earthquake phenomena relevant to the design of ships and offshore structures.

“I am honored,” said Dr. Wei Qiu, who is also department head, Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering. “I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the international organization and work with other experts in researching ways to improve environmental loads predictions for the design of ships and ocean structures.”

The ISSC’s IV.2 Design Methods committee examines the overall design process for marine structures, and its integration with production, maintenance and repair. It also pays particular attention to the roles and requirements of computer-based design and production, and to the utilization of information technology.

Dr. Moro was appointed as technical member of ISSC-2018 at the 2015 conference. This is his second appointment to this committee. He was a technical member of IV.2 Design Methods Committee of the ISSC-2015 from 2012-2015 where he worked with other committee members to review state-of-the-art scientific literature on the overall design process for marine structures. The committee also reviewed software programs to determine the dimensions of a ship's structure.

“This appointment provides me with the opportunity to serve the Design Methods Committee and to continue the fruitful activities developed in the past term. It also allows me to collaborate with experts on marine structures reviewing the state-of-the-art research in this field.”

“The exchange of views and ideas between academia and industry is really important, especially in engineering. The final report will be published in 2018, and will include recommendations on improvements in design, production and operations procedures as well as identifying under-researched areas that should be further studied,” he added.

The ISSC’s V.6 Arctic Technology committee develops technology of particular relevance for the safety of ships and offshore structures in Arctic regions and ice-infested waters. The committee assesses methods for calculating loads from sea ice and icebergs. The committee also recommends priorities for research programs and ensures efficient implementation of new knowledge and tools.

“I would like to thank the ISSC for my appointment to the V.6 Arctic Technology committee,” said Dr. Quinton. “Serving with this distinguished panel of international experts provides an exceptional opportunity for Memorial University and Canada to help shape the future of Arctic operations and research. The challenges associated with operating safely, efficiently, and with respect for the Arctic’s sensitive ecosystem are many and varied.”

 

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