Odd M. Faltinsen
NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
15th Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecture (1992/93)
On Seakeeping of Conventional and High-Speed Vessels
Journal of Ship Research, vol. 37, no. 2, June 1993, pp. 87–101
Odd Magnus Faltinsen has worked on broad aspects of hydrodynamics of displacement ships, high-speed craft, offshore structures and fish farms. Faltinsen was born in 1944 in Stavanger, Norway, and obtained a cand. real. degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bergen in 1968 and a PhD degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1971 at the University of Michigan. He was employed by DNV from 1968 to 1974, was lecturer in marine technology from 1974 to 1976 and professor of Marine Hydrodynamics from 1976 at NTNU. He was project leader of the Growth Point Centre on Hydroelasticity at NTH/SINTEF (1991–1996) and the Strong Point Centre on Hydroelasticity at NTNU/SINTEF (1997–2001). He was key scientist at the Centre of Excellence on Ship and Ocean Structures (CeSOS), NTNU (2002–2012) and is a Senior Scientific Advisor at the Centre of Excellence on Autonomous Marine Operations and System (AMOS), NTNU from 2013. He was visiting professor three times for 1-year periods at MIT, USA and 3 month periods at the Research Institute of Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Japan and INSEAN, Rome, Italy. He is a visiting professor at University College London, honorary professor at Harbin Engineering University and Academic Master at Dalian University of Technology. He has educated 59 PhD students.
Faltinsen is the author of the three textbooks “Sea loads on Ships and Offshore Structures”, “Hydrodynamics of High-Speed Marine Vehicles”, “Sloshing” (co-authored with A. N. Timokha). They have all been published by Cambridge University Press and are translated to Chinese. The sea-load book has also been translated into Korean. He has authored about 475 publications in scientific journals, conferences and books, and given about 60 keynote and honorary lectures.
Awards and Honors: He gave the 15th Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecture, 1992/93, and the Third Annual Honors Lecture, The Offshore Technology Research Centre, College Station and Austin, Texas, 1993. He received the Fridtjof Nansen’s award for outstanding research in science and medicine in 2011. The 26th International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies held in Athens on April 17-20, 2011, was dedicated to Professor Odd M. Faltinsen for his “lifetime scientific achievements”. The “Professor Odd Faltinsen Honoring Symposium on Marine Hydrodynamics” was arranged at OMAE 2013, Nantes, France in June 9-14, 2013. He received the OOAE Division-ASME Lifetime Achievement Award in “grateful recognition of significant lifetime contributions to marine and offshore hydrodynamics” in June 2013 and the Sobena International Award in 2014. He gave The 24th Wallace Lecture in Ocean Sciences and Engineering at MIT in 2016.
He is author and co-author of many publications, and has dealt with every aspect of ship motion and offshore structures and its exciting forces in both a linear and non-linear manner. He has a special interest in fast and unconventional ships.
Last update: January 2018