We are the only university in Finland providing master’s level education in marine technology.
The education package gives students an in-depth understanding of maritime engineering. The Master’s programme also provides the principles of ship construction and design, including hydrodynamics, loads, structural analyses, stability, safety of marine traffic, and winter navigation.
Marine technology investigates the responses and strength of ships in a complex physical environment where ice- and wave-induced loads are present. We also investigate the system-level issues at the scales of shipping systems and fleets as well as individual ships and their subsystems. The focus is on passenger and ice-going ships, as well as on autonomous ships.
In our research, we use the latest numerical techniques, based on the finite element method (FEM), and homogenisation to get insight into theoretical modelling and prevailing assumptions. We also aim for simple theoretical models to speed up the design processes for complex structural systems.
Our research groups have their own fields of interest in terms of materials and structures. Synergies between the other groups of Aalto lie especially in experimental and modelling methods.
The value of the research for maritime ecosystems
Aalto also investigates the system level issues at the scales of shipping systems/fleets, individual ships, and the sub-systems of ships. The focus is on passenger and ice-going ships and as a new opening on autonomous ships. Given the rapid developments in marine technologies, with increased automation, digitalisation, and system integration, there is a constant need to ensure the safety of design and operation of new maritime ecosystems. The core value of research is thus to guarantee safety, enable sustainability by advanced solutions, and focus on first principles of applied mechanics, statistical methods, and systems engineering. The research on safety focuses on developing concepts, methods, tests, and frameworks for creating safe technological and socio-technological systems, and for managing associated risks. These advances in risk analysis and safety science are applied to specific problems in maritime engineering. This serves society by increasing our understanding of how maritime safety is created and maintained, and how safety risks can be managed effectively.