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  • Bortnowska, Monika; Kapała, Dawid (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    In response to the challenges of environmental protection and the need to be close to nature and to reconnect with it, an unusual motor yacht design is developed with an abstract architectural form modeled on an armadillo. Due to the innovative form of the hull, a specific approach to pre-design is used, with the research objective of verifying that for the organic form of the hull, it would be possible to meet all the design criteria and regulations required for the design of a yacht. This article first characterizes the initial assumptions and then presents the process of determining the main dimensions with simultaneous modification of the hull shape. In order to maintain the basic dimensional proportions, based on the classic motor yacht, the recommended values of design factors are controlled. Moreover, the hydrostatic parameters of the unconventional hull shape are calculated. As a result of preliminary resistance and propulsion analyses, a propulsion system in the form of electric motors is selected, and, to meet emission requirements, the use of photovoltaic panels is additionally proposed. A stability and equilibrium analysis is carried out for one of the load cases and checked with the requirements of the Polish Register of Shipping (PRS) rules. The design of the hull of the yacht, covered in an interesting form of scales, together with the layout of the yacht’s interior, is presented in three-dimensional form, bringing the conceptual idea to life. The result of the design work and analysis is an inspiring hull shape based on nature, complying with the design guidelines and regulations that apply to yacht design.
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  • Hristova, Veneta; Wiśnicki, Bogusz; Wołejsza, Piotr (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    The presented research shows the possibilities of using chatbot technology in the maritime industry. The authors pay special attention to maritime education, broken down into standard and complementary education. The research is based on the results of a survey, which addresses students of five European maritime universities and examines their opinions about chatbots. Additionally, analogies are applied to the case studies of the successful implementation of chatbots in non-maritime businesses. This research determines the current status and development opportunities of maritime chatbots.
  • Osypchuk, Oleksandra; Sosik, Katarzyna (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    The implementation of construction projects largely determines the development of modern cities. However, such projects impact both urban freight transport and residents. To reduce this impact, increasingly more attention has been paid to the issues of sustainable development. Sustainable urban freight transport has become a priority for European cities. It also contributes to construction supplies. This article presents the results of analyzing construction supplies and the assessment of their compliance with the principles of sustainable development using the example of the city of Szczecin. This allows for the diagnosis of problems in this area, and solutions in the field of sustainable construction are collected. The presented research includes unstructured observation of construction projects in progress, structured interviews with entities implementing construction projects in Szczecin, and additional expert research to identify solutions in the field of sustainable construction supply in cities. This enables the research objective to be achieved and conclusions to be developed.
  • Poroś, Dariusz; Wiśniewska, Magdalena (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    We propose employing wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) for shaping thin-walled, multidirectional, carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide (Cf-SiC) composite parts. Ceramic matrix composite Cf-SiC combines the outstanding mechanical properties of the carbon fiber with oxidation, abrasive wear, corrosion resistance, and high strength at the high temperature of the silicon carbide matrix. The impact of time-related electrical discharge machining parameters (pulse ON-time and break OFF-time) on the material removal rate and surface roughness are analyzed. The material removal rate of the Cf-SiC is proved to be 36% lower than that for machined steel grade 55. The high thermal stresses and interaction of the composite accompanying WEDM are also discussed. Furthermore, an alternative mechanism to the WEDM of metals has been investigated and confirmed by a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. The morphology of the machined Cf-SiC surface demonstrates the dominance of the carbon fibers’ fracture mechanism, both the transverse and longitudinal forms, with interphase detachment over craters and micro-cracks, pitting, and spalling on the SiC matrix. Satisfactory roughness indicators (Sa = 2 µm) are obtained in 3D topography measurements of the Cf-SiC surfaces. Concluding, the WEDM should be considered a good alternative to Cf-SiC abrasive machining when cutting holes, grooves, keyways, splines, and other complex shapes.
  • Gerigk, Mirosław K.; Gerigk, Mateusz (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    The operation of offshore structures at sea requires the implementation of advanced systems for their permanent monitoring. There is a set of novel technologies that could be implemented to deliver a higher level of effective and safe operation of these systems. A possible novel solution may be the application of a new maritime unmanned (USV) surface and underwater vehicles/platforms (AUV). Application of such vehicles/platforms may increase the level of operability and safety of the offshore structures and installations. Practical use of these platforms requires the application of advanced forms of different technologies to platform structures, materials, strength of structures, applied propulsion systems, energy supply sources, dynamics of platforms, control, and communication systems. The new control and communication systems may require an application of AI (artificial intelligence) technology to obtain more advanced offshore monitoring systems. The application of the USV/AUV platforms for monitoring offshore structures may provide an increase in the functionality, performance, and safety levels of those structures in operation. This paper presents a concept for an offshore monitoring system based on the application of the USV/AUV platforms. The complexity of the research is shown by presenting the performance-oriented risk-based method. The basic information on the platforms is given. The main drivers that determine the functionality, performance, and safety of the USV/AUV platforms are introduced. A brief description of the primary operational characteristics of the platforms is presented. An example of a simple operational procedure (scenario) during the monitoring of an offshore structure is described. In the final part of this paper, conclusions are given.
  • Marzantowicz, Łukasz (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    The main objective of this article is to indicate whether returns treated as a resource impacts uncertainty in supply chain management. Through an empirical study using the CATI method, the significance of factors that improve the efficiency of return flow in supply chains and the significance of types of uncertainty in supply chain management are presented. The analysis, performed using Pearson’s linear correlation coefficient, indicates relationships and dependencies between variables, such as the drivers of the flow of returns in the supply chain and types of uncertainty. As a consequence of the research and an analysis of its results, it is possible to demonstrate the complexity of the problem, but above all, it is possible to indicate which of the above-mentioned factors affect the reduction of the impact of uncertainty on the supply chain. The presented approach is one of the voices in the ongoing scientific discussion on the management of supply chains under conditions of uncertainty.
  • Gruszczyński, Michał; Jurecki, Rafał S. (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    Investigations into driver’s behavior are a very important and frequently addressed topic by researchers. They allow us to understand drivers better and characterize their behavior. However, this can be difficult due to the many factors that affect the driver while driving. Therefore, many efforts are being made to improve the safety of both drivers and other road users. In this study, in order to better understand and describe the driver’s driving behavior, the results of a pilot study conducted under real traffic conditions are presented. The test route includes different road types and is characterized by varying traffic conditions. Modifications in simple vehicle movement parameters are analyzed in relation to changes in the way drivers drive test routes.
  • Rutkowska, Gabriela; Żółtowski, Mariusz; Ogrodnik, Paweł (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    The restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions introduced by the European Union encourage experimental work on new-generation materials containing smaller amounts of clinker. At present, silica fly ashes from the combustion of hard coal are widely used in the technology of cement and concrete in Europe and Poland. This research aims to assess the physical and chemical properties of fly ashes from the thermal treatment of sewage sludge for use in concrete technology in relation to applicable standards and determine their impact on the natural environment. The established concentrations of heavy metals are below the maximum values required when discharging sewage into the ground or waters and also meet the necessary leaching limits when inert waste is allowed to be landfilled and on substances particularly harmful to the aquatic environment. On this basis, it was found that the migration of heavy metals from concrete with the addition of ashes to the water environment is insignificant and should not be a major problem. In addition, the tests showed that the activity index did not exceed the limit value.
  • Burciu, Zbigniew; Abramowicz-Gerigk, Teresa (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    The main interest in introducing maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) is centered on communication, autonomous navigation, and collision avoidance systems. This paper presents a more comprehensive approach, accounting for selected issues relating to navigation safety, ship operation, maritime rescue, and decision support systems for the MASS remote managing operator. The technical solutions for improving the safety of MASS operation are described, and the decision support system (DSS) for the MASS operator, based on the stochastic model of the process describing the safety of MASS operation, is proposed. The presented analysis can be used to build a computer program and an integrated decision support system that increases the safety and reliability of the MASS operator’s decision-making process.
  • Jasionowski, Robert; Kostrzewa, Waldemar (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    This work is devoted to a computational investigation of the position and volume of the cavitation cloud in a cavitation tunnel. The position of the cavitation cloud and its volume in the cavitation tunnel, determined by numerical analysis with respect to the inlet velocity, allows for the determination of the lower or higher intensity of cavitation erosion within the tunnel of the sample material. A numerical analysis is carried out on a model of a typical cavitation tunnel used to investigate the resistance of structural materials to cavitation erosion. The tunnel under study consists of barricade (upper) and counter-barricade (lower) systems. The numerical analysis is carried out with the following five different values of the velocity in the tunnel inlet: 6 m/s, 9 m/s, 12 m/s, 15 m/s, and 18 m/s in the commercial CFD software – Ansys Fluent 2019 R3. The Schnerr and Sauer cavitation model and shear stress transport (SST) viscous model k-omega are used. The paper analyzes the distribution of velocity, pressure, and volume of the cavitation cloud. On the basis of the performed numerical analyses, the optimal velocity at the inlet to the tunnel of 15 m/s is determined, for which the volume of the cavitation cloud is the largest and the phenomenon of cavitation is the most intense. The determination of the position and maximum volume of the cavitation cloud relative to the inlet velocity to the tunnel will, in future, allow us to shorten the resistance tests for cavitation erosion of different materials under real fluid flow conditions.
  • Barczak, Agnieszka (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a global crisis that has forced the world economy to a standstill. Subsequent lockdowns have caused downtime in all industries and all transportation sectors. The removal of the restrictions has made it possible to begin a slow return to pre-pandemic conditions, but research indicates that this will be a long process. Therefore, an indication of the development trends of passenger maritime transport in Poland, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, is the purpose of the article. Two specific objectives are identified: (1) To visualize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on passenger maritime transport in Poland; (2) To make long-term forecasts of passenger maritime traffic in Poland. The analyses showed that the COVID-19 pandemic had a very negative impact on passenger streams. It may take several more years to recover from the pre-pandemic state.
  • Wrzalik, Aleksandra (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    District heating networks are key components of efficient heat supply systems for municipal and industrial consumers. The purpose of the research presented in this article was to analyze the thermo-hydraulic parameters of the operation of a transmission main in a district heating network to improve the heat transfer efficiency. Based on a literature review of existing studies, the basic issues of the heat supply process were discussed, and selected methods and tools for simulating district heating networks were characterized. A detailed mathematical description of the phenomena occurring during heat transport in a district heating network pipeline was also presented. Then, analytical calculations and simulations were carried out for the selected district heating system using Termis software. Operational parameters collected in the actual district heating system were used as output data for analytical modeling. Pressure drops, power losses, and heat transfer efficiencies in the main buses at different outdoor temperatures during the heating season were determined. Selected results of the study were included, and possibilities for improving the efficiency of heat transfer in the studied district heating network were indicated.
  • Łapko, Aleksandra (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    Marinas are of key importance in the development of sustainable marine tourism, whereas requirements posed by certification organizations can have a motivating effect and contribute to the implementation of environmentally and socially friendly solutions. The aim of this study is to analyze two world-leading marina categorization systems: the Gold Anchor Scheme and the IMCI Blue Star Marina Certification System. A special focus is made on the criteria relating to sustainable development, such as requirements concerning services, equipment, and management, posed to marinas by the accreditation bodies. The following research question has been defined: Do certification and categorization contribute to the development of sustainable sailing tourism? The results of the conducted analyses show that part of the requirements set by the accreditation organizations running two of the most popular marina categorization schemes worldwide relate to the achievement of sustainable development goals. The requirements motivate the management at marinas applying for a category to implement solutions that are friendly to the environment and society, and contribute to the growth of local economies. The research results indicate that the categorization of marinas is not only of some marketing value but is also a useful tool in the development of sustainable marine tourism.
  • Korban, Dmytro (Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie, )
    This paper substantiates the method of polarization selection of navigation objects located in the zone of atmospheric formations (i.e., precipitation of different intensity and phase state), based on polarization differences in the parameters of their echo signals in a partially polarized electromagnetic wave arriving at the input of the all-polarized antenna of the ship radar polarization complex (SRPC). The partially polarized wave is represented as consisting of two polarized streams with polarization degrees m1 and m2 corresponding to the echo signals of the navigation object and atmospheric formation. The property of the partially polarized electromagnetic wave reflected from a complex object (i.e., navigation object located in the zone of atmospheric formation) is represented by real energy polarization Stokes parameters having intensity dimension. The scattering ability of the complex object is represented by the Mueller scattering matrix, the elements of which are measured by SRPC when it is sequentially irradiated with electromagnetic waves of four fixed polarizations. Polarization selection of navigation objects located in the zone of atmospheric formations uses the difference of polarization degrees of echo signals of the navigation object and atmospheric formation. The process of selection of the navigation object echo signal from the echo signal of the complex object and its observation on the screen of the SRPC indicator or computer display is based on the relationship between the degree of polarization of the electromagnetic wave and the polarization parameters of the navigation object echo signal and the atmospheric formation. The aim of this research is to develop polarization criteria of optimality of radar parameters of echo signals of partially polarized electromagnetic waves, represented by polarization degrees m1 and m2 corresponding to the navigational object and atmospheric formation observed by SRPC. As a result of the performed research, the problem of polarization selection of navigation objects located in the zone of atmospheric formations along the ship’s trajectory according to the values of the polarization degree of the navigation object echo signal is solved.

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