Materials and structures are called adaptive if they can change certain properties in a predictable manner due to the forces acting on them (passive) or by means of built in actuators (active). Those materials and structures are referred to as smart if they provide best performance when operation circumstances change.
The main idea of ADAM4EVE is to explore the potentials of adaptive materials and structures in ships and pave the way for industrial application. This will allow ships to react more flexible to changing operational and environmental conditions and thus to operate more efficiently and environmentally friendly, while at least maintaining the safety level. Moreover, the use of smart and intelligent materials will allow offering new functionalities, making ships more attractive to operators and passengers.
The types of explored materials and structures:
• adaptable ship hull structures for optimised hydrodynamic properties depending on varying cruise speed
• adaptive materials for noise and vibration damping of ship engines to avoid induction of vibrations into the ship hull and
• adaptive outfitting materials that improve ships’ serviceability and safety.