Lloyd’s Register, A*STAR Open Joint Lab On Energy & Marine Research
Lloyd’s Register and A*STAR have officially opened a joint laboratory to study the challenges faced by the marine, energy, and offshore sectors.
AsianScientist (May 13, 2013) - Lloyd's Register (LR) and Singapore's Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) have officially opened a joint laboratory in Singapore to study the challenges faced by the marine, energy, and offshore sectors.
The joint lab is part of LR's US$35 million investment in its Global Technology Center (GTC) set up in Singapore in 2012. It is also pursued under LR's agreement with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to collaborate on R&D projects as a key part of the center's activities.
The joint laboratory will leverage on IHPC's capabilities in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and engineering mechanics to develop computational modeling and simulation, and bespoke technical solutions for businesses in the marine, energy, and offshore sectors.
Some of the joint projects, which rely on numerical modeling using CFD tools, include wave-in-deck impact analysis on offshore structures, floating offshore wind turbines' operating in deep water areas, and the enhancing of virtual wave tank and deep ocean basin capabilities.
Both the joint laboratory and IHPC are co-located at A*STAR's Fusionopolis research hub and currently has over 10 researchers.
Dr. Claus Myllerup, Senior Vice President of Energy Technology and Managing Director of LR’s Singapore GTC, and Professor Alfred Huan, Executive Director of A*STAR IHPC, jointly officiated the opening.
"This opening of the Joint Lab with IHPC is an important step in realizing our global technological vision of creating a long-term center of excellence for technology, innovation and research. The end result will not only benefit Singapore, but also our industry and society as a whole. The encouraging progress we are making with A*STAR and on the various collaborative agreements we have in place with NUS and NTU prove that setting up our Global Technology Center here was the right choice," said Dr. Claus Myllerup.
Singapore's marine and offshore industry has grown significantly over the last few years, recording an output increase of more than 30 percent from 2006 to 2011, contributing to 5.8 percent of Singapore's manufacturing output.
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