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Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH (HSVA)

Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH (HSVA)

The Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH (HSVA) is a private self-supporting, non-profit research organisation. The main task is to advise the maritime industry (world-wide) in the fields of hydrodynamics and ice technology (ships, structures). HSVA is especially experienced in computer fluid dynamics computations (CFD), waterborne transport systems and in model test experiments in open water and in ice. HSVA has 86 employees.HSVA has established an Ice Technology Department in 1974, when a second generation ice model basin (30 m long / 6 m wide) became operational. In 1984 a third generation ice model basin was inaugurated, which is today with its 78 m length, 10 m width and 2.5 m/5.0 m depth one of the largest in the world. In 1990 the small ice test basin was rebuilt to an Arctic Environmental Test Basin. This facility with its installations (e.g. wave maker) is unique world-wide and allows environmental research under arctic conditions. In 1995 HSVA’s ice and environmental test facilities became a Large Scale Facility (ARCTECLAB) within the EU TMR-Program. This contract was continued in the period 2000 to 2010 by the HYDRALAB I, II and III projects. With the quality of the ice testing facilities and its scientific staff HSVA belongs today to the leading ice engineering research institutes in the world.

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Peter Jochmann is the Head of the Ice & Offshore Department at HSVA. He is since 1977 with HSVA and has long year experience in ice force determination both in the model basin and the field. Peter Jochmann was project leader of numerous model test projects and several field campaigns.