The University of Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute has worked with local firm CJR propulsion in a number of ways.

The university has produced a modelling tool that allows CJR to optimise their propeller designs based on the ship’s future speed and performance.

“We demanded that it be commercially viable” explained Director of CJR Mark Russell and the university have been able to produce a useable tool that can generate results in just three days.

This project was supported by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership from the Technology Strategy Board, funding made possible by the university’s management of the application process which opened up new funds for growth.

Working on this project has also opened up further venues for collaboration, utilising facilities usually unavailable to a small firm and gaining from the knowledge of PhD students.

Working together has helped the firm expand rapidly. “We have aims to double our size in three years. That’s been done with the help of the university” said Russell.

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