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Graduation Project Remote Fatigue Monitoring – Research & Development

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Damen high speed craft (HSC) are subject to wind and waves and therefore suffer from metal fatigue. Currently we are working on the following research:

Remote fatigue monitoring

Accurate environmental data is required to design HSC with low weight. Recently online data sources with real time environmental data over the whole globe have come available. At Damen we have access to the GPS location of our ships. We are combine these two data sources such that we can monitor ship operational conditions without installing sensors onboard the ship. If we have recorded operational profiles for all our ships we can use these profiles for design and make remote fatigue damage predictions. This enables us to provide a huge amount of new services to our clients.

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Tasks & Responsibilities

Depending on your personal discipline and preference you will work on a selection of the following questions:

  • How does remotely monitored environmental data compare to measured wave radar data?
  • How does wave data from different online sources compare?
  • Can we remotely monitor fatigue damage by combining the “ship’s fatigue fingerprint” with monitored operational conditions?
  • What is the scatter of operational and environmental conditions that several ships of the same class experience?
  • How to make generic ship operational profiles with this data?
  • How to use this data to improve our designs?
  • Can we apply machine learning techniques to this data to learn things otherwise invisible for the human eye?

Your Profile

What we expect from you:

  • A MSc student Marine Technology, Offshore Engineering, Data Science or equivalent;
  • Excellent data visualization skills;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Ambitious;
  • Thinks outside the box;
  • For this project you will work at the RDM Campus in Rotterdam (80%) and our main office in Gorinchem (20%).


The Research & Development Department provides specific technical support for the Product Groups (project / proposal and project / management departments), Engineering Services and affiliates in the fields of naval and mechanical engineering. Research & Development undertakes specific studies for the development of ships for the Product Groups and to expand the knowledge base. This research can be divided into 5 categories, that is to say: Mechanical Systems, Noise and Vibrations, Ship Structures, Hydromechanics, Human Factors, E control systems.

Company information

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, is a well-known leading international shipyard. Damen Shipyards Group operates more than 34 shipyards, repair yards and related companies worldwide with a total turnover of 1.7 billion Euro. At Damen Shipyards Gorinchem we design and build a wide range of products including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and cargo vessels. Damen delivers more than 180 vessels each year. In fact, we have built more than 6,000 ships since 1969. Our clients include contractors, oil companies, port authorities, offshore companies and maritime service providers.

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