Project progress report - week 16-17

This week's work has been devoted to the following activities:

  • ECOS 2015 paper extension
  • Funding application for workshop on Modelling and Optimization of Ship Energy Systems
  • Osmose improvement - chapter 3
  • Eurotrip


ECOS 2015 paper extension

As for the team's last Skype meeting, I provided a list of the correct column headers to be selected from the entire dataset (100 out of 2000, roughly). 

Now waiting for Fredrik to provide the updated dataset


Funding application for workshop

The workshop application is almost ready:

  • 8 candidates have accepted and are in the application. All of their CVs have been included
  • The CV and motivation letter by the applicant have been included
  • The application has been reviewed

The only missing thing is now the feedback of EPFL's Research Office


Osmose improvement - Chapter 3

The problem with the exhaust gas proves to be more difficult than originally thought, and cannot be solved with the workaround originally planned. Hence, I decided to add (or better, formally add) to Osmose the "Forbidden matches" concept. This concept allows the user to specify some matches among all possible stream matches that should not be allowed to happen. 

The process is ongoing. For the moment, I managed to write down all the equations. Now, the need for writing down the data input from the user to AMPL code, and testing are required.



The period from 03/05 to 11/05 was devoted to a pleasure/business trip in Europe:

  • In Hamburg (04/05) I met with Christoph Thiem, from TU Hamburg. He is a researcher working with various aspects in relation to energy efficiency and pollution from Diesel engines and has been involved in a significant number of measurement campaigns on operating vessels (Germany, Scotland), focusing also on taking measurements related to the estimation of the heat demand
  • In Hamburg (04/05) I met with Sebastian Sala and Ignatius Jukka, from Carnival Maritime. We presented each other's activities in relation to energy efficiency. I described them my project and following their interest we had an informal agreement on sharing data and technical documentation for one of their cruise ships.
  • In Gothenburg (08/05) I met with Selma Brynolf from TU Chalmers. She's a former colleague from my time as a Ph.D. student at Chalmers and works with LCA analysis and global energy models for fuels. We discussed our possible future plans for collaboration, and in particular about one funding application to FORMAS (Swedish funding agency) where I would have a role for the optimization of ship energy systems using non-conventional fuels
  • In Helsinki (09-10/05) I met with Kari Tammi and with a number of his colleagues from  Aalto University. It was particularly interesting to meet professor Pentti Kujala, responsible for the MSc program in Naval Architecture at Aalto University. He was particularly interested in the idea of a short course about optimal design of ship energy systems, and we drafted a tentative plan for the system. I also met with other future colleagues.
Posted by Francesco Baldi on Monday 15 May 2017 at 9:16