Streamline

Welcome to Streamline

The STREAMLINE project is a collaborative R&D project, partly funded by the7th Framework Programme of the European Commission.

The STREAMLINE project includes 21 organisations coordinated by Rolls-Royce Power Engineering and has a budget of 10.9 million euros.

The STREAMLINE project (Strategic research for innovative marine propulsion concepts) will investigate several State-of-the-Art propulsion system and new propulsion combined with advanced CFD for accurate analysis and design of the propulsors.

STREAMLINE will therefore help tomorrow’s constantly growing marine industry to become greener and more efficient.

Increasing environmental concerns and soaring oil prices are creating a new focus on fuel efficiency for the marine industry. Combining low emissions with demands for more advanced vessels than ever before.

The partners in the STREAMLINE FP7 project are all leading university, research organisation or industrial companies in the marine industry with complementary skills in the different technology areas, supported by SMEs.

Objectives

The increasing environmental concerns and soaring oil prices are creating a new focus on fuel efficiency for the marine industry. Combining low emissions with demands for more advanced vessels than ever before drives the need for radically new propulsion concepts delivering a step-change in efficiency. STREAMLINE is the response of the marine community to this demand that will be addressed through key objectives:

List of objectives

The main objectives for the STREAMLINE project are:
To carry out initial concept design of radical new propulsion systems, including a large area propulsion system, a biomechanical system and a distributed thrust concept, using the latest advances in hull-propulsor design, modelling and validation.
To apply novel technologies such as non-metallic propulsion materials and modular designs via mechanical and electric drive systems.
To develop, where applicable, these technologies through to system level, demonstrated by model tank testing.
To investigate the potential in designing an improved efficiency waterjet system based on variable inlet/outlet geometries using new and existing actuation technologies.
To investigate the possibilities of increasing the efficiency for pod propulsion by using different contra-rotating concepts as well as using new locations for pods currently not possible due to risk of ventilation.
To better understand the character and magnitude of scale effects that affect the conversion of model to full-scale values.
To complete the challenge to optimise current state-of-the-art propulsion by a systematic evaluation of propulsion configurations to maximise overall vessel efficiency.

Partners

22 organisations from 8 countries work together in the collaborative R&D STREAMLINE project.

The partners in the Streamline FP7 project are all recognised as leading university, research organisation or industrial companies in the marine industry with complementary skills in the different technology areas, supported by SMEs that bring focussed knowledge and expertise where needed.

The industries: the STREAMLINE project is led by RRPE (Rolls-Royce Power Engineering), with the full support of Rolls-Royce demonstrated by the participation of three separate Rolls-Royce entities (RRAB, RRUK and RRMarine). Other key industrial partners bring their expertise in the design and manufacture of the biomechanical system, the operational aspects and on hydromechanics, including four leading industries, Stena Line, Lloyd’s Register, CTO and Wihelmsen.

The research centres and universities: the key research topics are dealt with in partnership with the leading maritime institutes and research academies in Europe, with the largest participation coming from MARIN in the Netherlands and INSEAN in Italy. Research institutes like FOI, SSPA, DST or CNRS analyse and test the concepts developed and lead the methodologies. As well as these research institutes, key academic partners are participating, especially in the research on new coatings for propellers like UNEW, TUHH and Chalmers.

The SMEs: the SMEs bring focussed inputs, such as New Logistics, developer of the ‘Futura Carrier’ which can be seen as parent of distributed thrust concepts, SCITEK who is involved in building the Waterjet rig to specification and ARTTIC as specialised management company who ensures the successful management, exploitation and dissemination of the STREAMLINE project results.