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SMaRTLab - Sustainable Marine Research and Tecnology


The laboratory conducts experimental activities in the field of industrialization and optimization of production processes in the nautical field. In particular, it carries on research activities in support of private companies in the matter of composite materials, workplace safety, development of monitoring systems and computation models in support of the yacht design. Moreover, it works on the optimization of comfort and onboard ergonomics, on safety and on low environmental impact propulsion. Finally, it works on cross topics as the design for waterfront structures, the design for water sports, disability and physical and social rehabilitation.

The research topics are:

  • optimization of production processes
  • research in the field of new materials
  • sustainability of the product and assessment of the life cycle (LCA)
  • study of the emissions of materials and indoor air quality
  • reverse engineering
  • safety and ergonomics


  • numerical control
  • extruder of resins for model making
  • equipment for vacuum processes (infusion, RTM, BMC, SMC)
  • injection machine for a vacuum processes
  • mixer for the making of silicon membranes
  • volatile organic compound (VOC) detector
  • software for surface development for nesting and cutting

Services for Companies

  • support of methods and tools for the transition to closed-molding techniques
  • revision of lamination plans and mechanical characterization
  • production of models, molds and prototypes, to the development of pre-production samples
  • application test of bio-composites and other substitute materials from renewable resources
  • life cycle analysis (LCA) of industrial products
  • design for disassembly in support to the design of new products or for the recovery and separation of materials at product end-of-life
  • monitoring of the concentration of polluting materials both during production both during use
  • elaboration of strategies for the reduction of exposition risk factors for shipyard workers
  • digital acquisition of geometries of hulls, molds and components with photogrammetry and 3d laser scanning