About us

The main research areas of the section are fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics, and the interaction with structures and seabeds. The methods applied include theoretical, numerical, and experimental modelling, and these methods are used for determining the behaviour of flows, including their impact on surrounding structures. 

Examples of technical applications include the scavenging process in two-stroke diesel engines, estimation of sediment transport, coastal morphology, and determination of wave loads on ships and offshore structures.

New tendencies at the section
The section directs its research towards three main industries. Fluid mechanics aims the research and study programmes towards the basis for development of new products and consulting of central areas of benefit for Danish society. In the coming years, coastal and offshore engineering will focus on the development of new utilities, including offshore wind farms, aquaculture and extension of lifetime for offshore structures that often are installed in nearshore regions/coastal areas. The maritime industry is changing its focus towards a supporting industry with a large focus on optimization of, for instance, sailing routes and marine operations. We have seen an enhanced cooperation on student projects with key external partners and institutes.

Expectations for the year ahead
An enhanced cooperation with other DTU Departments and with industry has led to several research projects. 2018 will focus on the implementation of the projects. We expect the enhanced cooperation with external partners to continue, also within research. This could intensify the cooperation on research projects on a national and international scale, addressing both fundamental issues as well as grand challenges in society. Therefore, the section will pursue cooperation on larger scale projects - with both internal and external partners.


Erik Damgaard Christensen
Head of Section, Professor
DTU Mechanical Engineering
+4545 25 13 98
20 AUGUST 2019