UFRJ Wins Student Design Competition

A team from the Naval and Ocean Engineering Department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) has won the first International Student Offshore Design Competition sponsored by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and the Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) with their entry "Preliminary Design of the 'Maracana' FPSO Unit." The entry was one of eight projects submitted by students from universities around the world.

The UFRJ team was honored with a cash prize of $1,500 and the opportunity to present the Maracana floating production/storage and offloading unit (FPSO) to industry at the SNAME Annual Meeting in Boston on September 25-28.

Alexandre Alho, Assistant Professor, UFRJ and Advisor to the six person award-winning design team, said that in order to simulate an actual commercial project, the team was divided into six main categories: structure, stability, marine engineering, sea keeping and costs with a team leader or project manager.

"The biggest challenge for us was this was not a conversion of an existing ship but an FPSO design from the beginning," said Joao Alberto Rangel de Almeida, Team Leader.

The students used research and data from Petrobras to base their design model on a site- specific structure located offshore Brazil in the Campos Basin.

Design team students worked as interns for the independent Brazilian offshore and ship design company Projemar during the competition The award winning "Maracana" FPSO features a symmetrical ship form measuring 886 x 157 x 98 ft.

(270 x 48 x 30 m) and a load capacity of 1.5 million barrels.

The UFRJ team members are: Rodrigo Klim Gomes, Eleandro Meira de Oliveira, Joao Alberto Rangel de Almeida, Antonio Goncalves de Vasconcelos Neto, Maiza Pimenta Goular and Cassiano Rodrigues Neves.

With Maritime Reporter & Engineering News serving as ISODC's official publication, the corporate sponsors for the competition were ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), Conoco and Projemar.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 35,  Oct 2002

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