Maritime DTU

It is the task of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to create, sustain and develop environments for education and research of an international standard in the fields of engineering sciences and related fields. DTU covers most engineering disciplines and educates BSc, BEng, MSc and PhD. DTU has approx. 6000 students, including 400 students from abroad on the international programmes, 900 professors and researchers and 700 PhD students.

Education and research within maritime technology are carried out mainly at the Section of Fluid Mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering under the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Energy systems and combustion engines, including ships' engines, are however topics of the Energy Engineering Section.

The education within naval architecture and offshore engineering lead to BEng, BSc and PhD degrees. This includes and international MSc programme and a Master degree as in-service training. The education includes: 

  • Naval architecture and offshore engineering

  • Hydrodynamics

  • Waves and wave loads

  • Steel and sandwich structures

  • Mechanics and load modellng

  • Risk and reliability analysis

  • Coastal hydrodynamics

  • Sediment transport

  • Turbulence

The research topics of the Section include design, analysis and operation of large maritime, coastal and land-based structures under natural loads, such as waves and wind. The main research themes are: 

  • Hydrodynamics: Waves and currents and their interaction at restricted water depths, wave loads on ships, offshore and coastal structures, flows and loads on ships and ship propellers.

  • Structures: Design and analysis of structures; structural damping; composite structures; damage tolerance of sandwich structures.

  • Risk and reliability: Risk acceptance criteria, risk evaluation, stochastic load and response modelling.

  • Sediment transport and morphology of rivers and coasts: Waves and turbulence in surf zones, wave-driven currents and exchange processes, river bed forms, effect of structures on river morphology.

  • Interaction: Performance of ships and large structures subject to wind and wave loads and their interaction with the environment.

The Section participates in major international and national research projects and other international cooperation.

More information can be found on

Mette Sanne Hansen, Head of Maritime DTU