With the participation of the Fraunhofer IKTS, the newly founded research group Smart Ocean Technologies SOT is developing future-oriented underwater technologies for the sustainable use of the oceans. The IKTS is working on robust sensor systems and test methods for permanent condition monitoring of underwater structures. Another focus is on wear- and corrosion-resistant ceramic key components that ensure maintenance-free operation of underwater units. In addition, novel analytical methods are established to characterize complex aging processes of microplastics in the sea.
With the Digital Ocean Lab, Fraunhofer SOT has an excellent research infrastructure for underwater technologies at its disposal. In an underwater test field in the Baltic Sea, smart underwater systems for monitoring, production and exploration can be tested under real conditions. In the Fraunhofer SOT, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes IGD, IGP, IKTS and IOSB collaborates.
Analysis of microplastics
- Analysis and characterization of weathering and aging mechanisms of plastic materials in the sea
- Consideration of material aging due to the influence of UV, abrasion, biofilm growth, etc.
- Development and provision of monitoring systems for condition monitoring of offshore foundation structures, pipelines, tanks
- Complete condition monitoring management: simulation, measurement methods, sensors, electronics, data processing, power supply, integration, certification
Ceramic key components for underwater systems
- Wear and corrosion protection for critical subsea components (e.g. pumps, pipes, nozzles)
- Pressure-resistant transparent ceramics for optical systems
- Robust electronics and sensor technology