MARSTRUCT – Network of Excellence on Marine Structures

Funded under the: 6th Framework Programme of the European Union

Time period: 01.02.2004 - 31.10.2010

Budget / Funding: 6.000.000 € / 6.000.000 €



Short name Company Country
IST Instituto Superior Tecnico (Coordinator) Portugal
UoS Universities of Glasgow & Strathclyde United Kingdom
ANAST Université de Liege Belgium
TUV Technical University of Varna Bulgaria
DTU Technical University of Denmark Denmark
HUT Helsinki University of Technology Finland
VTT VTT Industrial Systems Finland
KMY Kvaerner Masa-Yards Finland
BV Bureau Veritas France
PMA Principia Marine France
GL Germanischer Lloyd Germany
TUHH Technical University of Hamburg Harburg Germany
FSG Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft mbH & Co KG Germany
CMT Center for Maritime Technologies e.V. Germany
NTUA National Technical University of Athens Greece
CET CETENA - Centro Tecnico Navale Italy
DINAV Università di Genova Italy
TNO TNO - Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research Netherlands
RS Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Netherlands
NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
DNV Det Norske Veritas Norway
TUS Technical University of Szczecin Poland
CTO CTO - Centrum Techniki Okretowej Poland
LSN Lisnave Estaleiros Navais SA Portugal
ENVC Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo Portugal
UGAL University „Dunarea de Jos“ of Galati Romania
IZAR IZAR Construcciones Navales S.A. Spain
CTH Chalmers University of Technology Scweden
TUI Technical University of Istanbul Turkey
UNEW University of Newcastle United Kingdom
SOTON University of Southampton United Kingdom
TWI The Welding Institute United Kingdom

Project overview and objectives

The overall objective of the Network is to improve comfort, effectiveness, safety, reliability and environmental behaviour of ship structures through the application of advanced structural and reliability assessment within design, fabrication and operation, leading to increased public and commercial confidence in the competitiveness and use of waterborne transport. The Network aims at strengthening European competitiveness aiming at a permanent organisation of the type of a virtual institute, ensuring the integration of various groups in a European Centre of Competence for structural analysis of ships.

The objectives will be achieved through a programme for jointly executed research in the area of structural analysis of ships, the creation of research facilities and platforms, and a continuous programme of dissemination and communication of research results. The programme is designed to contribute to the mutual specialisation and complementarity through building up strengths and shrinking weaknesses of participants, and it will strengthen scientific and technological excellence of European Research Area by integrating a critical mass of resources and expertise at a European level, and provide leadership in the design of efficient and safe ship structures.

The activities of the Network cover different areas related with advanced structural analysis, such as:

  • specification of the loading appropriate for the various modes of structural response and strength
  • methods and tools for the analysis both numerically and experimentally of structural strength and performance, including aspects of ultimate strength, fatigue, crashworthiness, fire and explosion, resistance, noise and vibration
  • influence of fabrication methods and new advanced materials on the structural strength and performance of ships
  • tools for design and optimisation of ship structures; tools and methods of structural reliability, safety and environmental protection of ships


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