SINTEF

  • Ordinarily, when a ship is heading into waves, those waves cause it to work harder. An experimental new setup known as a "whale tail," however, utilizes wave action to actually help ships move forward, allowing them to use less fuel when tackling rough seas.
  • Science
    Although many retailers already display the tenderness of meat cuts on their packaging, Norwegian research group SINTEF has developed what it believes is a better system. Instead of relying on human interpretations of tenderness, it uses x-rays to give a less subjective and more accurate rating.
  • Science
    Undersea oil pipelines are typically inspected about once every five years ... but what happens if one of them gives out between those inspections? That's where the SmartPipe project comes in. It's aimed at developing self-monitoring pipelines that transmit real-time status reports to shore.
  • Pulling chicken breasts off the bone can be a fiddly process, and often results in flesh being wasted by getting left behind. In a factory setting, that means slower processing times, and less meat to sell. That's why the Norwegian CYCLE project is developing an industrial robot to do the job.
  • When it comes to robots that perform internal inspections of water pipes, virtually all of them move along on rubber tires or treads. The European Union TRACT project is instead developing a propeller-driven inspection robot, that keeps the pipe-touching to a minimum.
  • Earlier this year Rolls Royce outlined a future where giant robot cargo vessels ply the world's sea lanes without a human crew on board. That scenario is now coming closer to reality as the EU project MUNIN looks into the feasibility of robotic freighters and the hurdles they must overcome.
  • Carbon capture and storage has long been considered a costly but necessary step in reducing emissions and protecting our environment. New research by Sintef scientists has found that refrigeration technology may reduce cost by up to 30 percent, increasing the potential for faster implementation.
  • It's important for firefighters to stay in touch with one another during operations, which is of course why they carry two-way radios. Researchers from Norway's SINTEF group, however, are developing a system that could allow users to receive and read text messages hands-free, via their jackets.
  • When people have nerve problems such as those caused by spinal injuries, they can lose the ability to feel when their bladder is full. A tiny new sensor may offer an improved method of assessing their condition, to see if surgery is required or if medication will suffice.
  • The APRICOT (Automated Pinbone Removal In Cod and WhiTefish) project set out in January, 2012 to find an automated solution that would keep fish processing in Scandinavia and has now developed a machine that achieves just that.
  • Mars is essentially one big desert, and what do you tend to find in deserts? Snakes. There’s a reason for this, so the European Space Agency-funded SERPEX project is conducting a feasibility study on how robot snakes could one day be used to explore the Red Planet.
  • Called the Offshore Accommodation Vessel, this new type of ship is designed to keep from rolling with the waves by generating its own in tanks built into the bottom and sides of its hull.