Laboratory of Maritime Engineering and Maritime Works


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  • Name of Laboratory - Clinic: Laboratory of Maritime Engineering and Maritime Works
  • Seat / Building: Building of Environmental Hydraulics and Hydraulic Engineering
  • Abbreviation (optional): LMEMW-AUTh
  • Number of Establishment’s Act /Government’s Gazette Number (FEK): P.D.306/4-11-2002 / FEK 269 Α΄/24-11-02
  • Year of Establishment: 2002
  • Director of Laboratory - Clinic (if appointed) /expiration date: Yannis N. Krestenitis / 31-08-2018
  • Person in charge of security of Laboratory - Clinic (if predicted and appointed): Not predicted
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  • Contact person (Name, capacity, tel., Email): Yannis N. Krestenitis, Professor, +302310995654, Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από τους αυτοματισμούς αποστολέων ανεπιθύμητων μηνυμάτων. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε τη JavaScript για να μπορέσετε να τη δείτε.

1. Educational and Research Subjects of Laboratory - Clinic

The laboratory covers educational and research activities in the scientific fields of:

  • Maritime works and marine structures
  • Coastal mechanics
  • Physical oceanography and wave mechanics
  • Protection and management of the coastal environment

The courses included in the curriculum of the Civil Engineering Department of AUTh, taught by faculty members of the laboratory of Maritime Engineering and Maritime Works include compulsory and elective courses of the undergraduate program, as well as courses of the ‘Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development’ postgraduate programme.

The research activity of the laboratory includes the following scientific fields: Monitoring and protecting the coastal and marine environment, Coastal Erosion, Fluid-structure interaction, Port structures, Coastal structures, Marine (offshore) structures (fixed bottom and floating) for hydrocarbon exploitation, Sea keeping systems for floating structures, CFD for coastal flows, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics modelling, Hydroelasticity, Coastal operational oceanography, Numerical models of wave forecasting, Numerical models of wave transmission, Hydrodynamic models, Ocean circulation numerical models, Sea level numerical models, Numerical models for transport of sediments and pollutants, Environmental quality numerical models, Risk assessment and management of marine structures, Structural health monitoring of marine structures,  Design of coastal protection works (soft and hard works), Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Ocean energy converters (wave energy converters, offshore wind turbines, hybrid systems),  Climate Change effects on coastal zone,  Vulnerability of coastal areas.

2. Human Resources

Academic Staff

Yannis N. Krestenitis, Professor of Coastal Mechanics and Oceanography

Theofanis V. Karambas, Professor of Coastal Mechanics and Coastal Defence Projects

Eva Loukogeorgaki, Assistant Professor of Marine Structures

Demos C. Angelides, Professor of Marine Structures (2014: Professor Emeritus of the Civil Engineering Department)

Christoforos Koutitas, Professor of Port Structures (2014: Professor Emeritus of the Civil Engineering Department)

PhD Candidates Research Associates
Vasilis Baltikas, Civil Engineer, MSc Yannis Androulidakis, Dr. Physical Oceanography, Civil Engineer

Nicolaos Karagiannis, Civil Engineer, MSc

Katerina Kombiadou, Dr. Physical Oceanography, Civil Engineer
Alexandros Tsiaras, Civil Engineer, MSc Zoi Konstantinou, Dr. Marine Environment Management, Marine Scientist
Dimitrios Spyrou, Civil Engineer, MSc Christos Makris, Dr. Wave Mechanics, Civil Engineer

Georgia Sismani, Civil Engineer, MSc


Anastasia Tsolaridou, Civil Engineer, MSc


Labrini Pavlidou, Civil Engineer, MSc

Panagiota Diamanti, Civil Engineer, MSc  
Michael Rabdas, Physicist, MSc  
Polixeni Loizidou, Civil Engineer, MSc  

3. Research activity of the Laboratory - Clinic (2010 – 2015)

  • WaveForUs: A Pilot System for the Development and Delivery of Daily Wave and Circulation Forecasts for Public and Emergency Use in the Thermaikos Gulf, 01/01/2013 - 30/10/2015, NSRF 2007-13 (action «COOPERATION2011»)
  • CCSEAWAVS: Effect of Climate Change on SEA level and WAVe climate of greek Seas, on the vulnerability of coastal areas and the safety marine and coastal structures, 01/01/2012-14/12/2015, NSRF 2007-13 (action THALIS)
  • Utilization of the ARGO network observations in hydrodynamic models, 28/06/2013 - 30/06/2015, H.C.M.R.
  • Investigation of erosion problems in Paralia of Katerini – Immediate countermeasures, 23/12/2011 - 06/03/2012, Municipality of Katerini, Greece
  • Coastal Engineering research of Skala Eresou and Eftalou erosion - proposals to confront the problem, 30/08/2012-29/08/2013, Municipality of Lesvos, Greece
  • Investigation of Aegean and Black Sea coupling through the Turkish Strait System, SESAME (Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modeling Ecosystem changes),  11/01/2006 - 30/04/2011.
  • Investigation of coastal upwelling in the NE Aegean, “Technological and Oceanographic cooperation network for the study of mechanisms fertilizing the N.E. Aegean Sea”, AegeanMARTECH, NSRF 2007-13 (action THALIS)
  • SPICOSA: Science and Policy Integration for Coastal System Assessment, 01/02/2007 - 30/06/2015, E.U., 6th Framework Programme
  • IRIS: Integrated European Industrial Risk Reduction System (IRIS), 04/06/2009 – 31/03/2012, E.U., 7th Framework Programme
  • Modern Developments in Offshore Structures, Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning” Continuing Education Programme for updating Knowledge of University Graduates, 02/05/2014 – 31/12/2014, NSRF 2007-2013.
  • VIHYDRO: Violent Slamming Impulsive Hydrodynamic Loading on Jacket Foundations of Offshore Wind Turbines, 3/2015, MARINET: Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network for emerging Energy Technologies, E.U., 7th Framework Programme
  • FlexOWT-Wave: Response Assessment of Flexible Parts of Offshore Wind Turbines subjected to Large Translations/Rotations due to Wave Loading, 9/2014, MARINET: Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network for emerging Energy Technologies, E.U., 7th Framework Programme
  • FlexOWT-Wind: Response Assessment of Flexible Parts of Offshore Wind Turbines subjected to Large Translations/Rotations due to Transient Wind Effects, 9/2014, MARINET: Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network for emerging Energy Technologies, E.U., 7th Framework Programme

4. Educational activity

Laboratory Contribution to the undergraduate curriculum:

Compulsory courses

  1. Coastal and Harbour Engineering (7th semester)

Elective courses

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (7th semester)

  • Coastal oceanography (8th semester)

  • Design and Construction of Ports (9th semester)

  • Coastal Protection Works and Coasts (9th semester)

  • Marine structures (10th semester)

Laboratory Contribution to postgraduate curricula:

MsC Program ‘Environmental Protection and Sustainable Management'

  • Integrated coastal zone management

  • Environmental impacts of coastal and marine works

MsC Program ‘Engineering Project Management’

  • Quality systems and drastic restructuring

  • Strategic planning

  • Management of hydraulic and marine works

Educational Textbooks

  • Krestenitis Y., Kombiadou K., Makris C., Androulidakis Y., Karambas T., (2016), Coastal Engineering – Marine Enviromental Hydraulics, Hellenic Academic Electronic Textbooks, Kallipos, Athens
  • Karambas T., Krestenitis Y., Koutitas C., (2016), Coastal Engineering-Coastal Protection Works, Hellenic Academic Electronic Textbooks, Kallipos, Athens

Doctoral Theses

  • Yannis Androulidakis, «Mathematical modeling and investigation of the Black Sea Waters effect on the North Aegean water masses dynamics with a hybrid ocean model», 01-2011
  • Zoi Konstantinou, «Development and utilization of conceptual and numerical models for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM)», 12-2013
  • Christos Makris, «Computational Simulation of Coastal Wave Processes with the use of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Method», 07-2014
  • Constantine Michailides, «Hydroelastic Analysis and Optimization of Flexible Floating Structures for Protection and Wave Energy Production», 2012


Alavantas, Ν. (2011). “Wave Attenuation of Fishing Shelters: The Case of Makri Harbor (Alexandroupolis, Thrace, Greece)”, Diploma Thesis.

Vrachas, P. (2011). “Investigation of Wave Run-up and Consequent Erosion of a Vertical Coastal Slope in the coastal area of N. Michaniona (Thessaloniki, Greece)”, Diploma Thesis.

Charisi, A. (2013). “Investigation of Storm Surges in the Aegean Sea”, Diploma Thesis.

Georgiadou Sofia (2013). “Response Analysis of a Free Span Offshore Pipeline in Contact with the Seabed”, Diploma Thesis.

Theodoridis Lazaros (2013). “Dynamic Response Analysis of a Tension Leg Platform”, Diploma Thesis.

Diamanti, N. (2014). Storm Surges in the Greek Seas under Climate Change, LMEMW, DHEE, Post-graduate Program of Studies on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Growth.

Lentsiou Elpida Niki (2014). “3D Experimental Investigation of the Dynamic/Structural Behaviour and the Effectiveness of Floating Breakwaters”, Diploma Thesis.

Vasileiou Margarita and Rapanta Evgenia (2014). “3D Experimental and Numerical Investigation of the Performance of a Floating Breakwater”, Diploma Thesis.

Petromichelakis Stavros (2014). “Extension of the Quay Wall No. 4-8 in the Port of Thessaloniki”, Diploma Thesis.

Tseranidis Stavros (2014). “Evaluation and Identification of Sensor Data on Floating Breakwaters”, Diploma Thesis.

Mamastopoulos Vasilis and Keremidis Constantine (2014). “Reliability Analysis and Identification of Dominant Failure Modes of a Jacket Platform Using a Selective Searching Method”, Diploma Thesis.

Charalambidou Anthoula and Nata Spyridoula (2014). “Effect of Climate Change on the Design of Breakwaters“, Diploma Thesis.

Evangelopoulou Sofia and Xanthos Panagiotis (2014). “Time Domain Analysis of Modular Floating Structure with Flexible Connectors“, Diploma Thesis.

Adamopoulos Alexandros (2014). “Dynamic Analysis of a Jacket Supported Offshore Wind Turbine under Extreme Environmental Conditions and Earthquake Loading”, Diploma Thesis.

Theodoridis Lazaros (2014). “Investigation of the State and Performance of a Floating Breakwater utilizing Measurements from a Structural Health Monitoring System”, Master Thesis, Master Program “Engineering Project Management”, Department of Civil Engineering, AUTh.

Georgiadou Sofia (2014). “Verification of Different Modelling Techniques of the Local Joint Flexibility and their Influence on Local Dynamics of a Jacket Support Structure for Offshore Wind Turbines”, Master Thesis, Master Program “Engineering Project Management”, Department of Civil Engineering, AUTh.

Zve Elena-Sotiria (2014). “Effect of Zoning Corrosion on the Life-Time Structural Reliability of a Jacket Offshore Structure”, Diploma Thesis.

Mandravelis Konstantinos (2015). “Analysis of the Dynamic Behaviour of a Spar Buoy Floating Offshore Wind Turbine”, Diploma Thesis.

Valatsou Eleni and Karageorgou Maria (2015). “Experimental Investigation of the Application/Behaviour of Nanomaterials on Offshore Structures’ Steel”, Diploma Thesis.

Petas Vagellis and Kolotsios Georgios (2015). “Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis of Suction Caissons for Offshore Applications”, Diploma Thesis.

Vasileiou Margarita (2015). “Multi-criteria Decision Analysis combined with Geographic Information Systems for Site Selection and Cost Estimation of Hybrid Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Systems in Greece.”, Master Thesis, Master Program “Engineering Project Management”, Department of Civil Engineering, AUTh.

Evangelopoulou Sofia (2015). “Planning of the Installation of an Offshore Wind Farm”, Master Thesis, Master Program “Engineering Project Management”, Department of Civil Engineering, AUTh.

 5. Sustainability and Development

A three-year development plan that includes the services provided and the possible ways of funding its operating costs.

6. Services provision to third parties

The LMEMW can provide scientific services to third parties regarding: Monitoring and protection of the coastal and marine environment, Design studies for Port and Coastal Structures, Design studies for Marine Structures, Coastal Operational Oceanography, Coastal engineering studies, Coastal sediment transport studies, Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

The laboratory equipment (field instruments and laboratory equipment) permits the undertaking of oceanographic field measurements (currents, waves, physical parameters), the monitoring of the performance of floating structures in the field (structural health monitoring) as well as laboratory flume experiments.

Finally, numerical simulation models (forecasting and wave propagation, open-sea and coastal circulation, transportation of debris and pollutants, oil spill, analysis of the behaviour of fixed bottom and floating offshore structures etc.), combined with the available computational power, enable the simulation/ evaluation/prediction of several issues and problems related to the marine and the coastal area and the protection and management of the coastal zone.

 7. Potential Collaborations / Synergies with other Laboratories

Mapping of the existing or/and potential collaborations/synergies with other Laboratories-Clinics of the University (educational and research activities, joint specialized research tools and potential contribution to the educational process)

Collaborations with various other laboratories/divisions of the Aristotle University have been developed, both at a research and at an educational level. More specifically, the LMEMW participates, through its faculty members, to the following interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programs of AUTh:

  • Ecological quality and water management at the watershed level (Departments of Biology, Geology and Civil Engineering of AUTh)

  • Engineering Project Management (Departments of Civil Engineering, Rural and Surveying Engineering of AUTh, in collaboration with the Transportation Institute of EKETA)

  • Hydrocarbons Exploration and Exploitation (Department of Geology-AUTh, School of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy-NTUA, School of Economics- Democritus University of Thrace , School of Geology and Geoenvironment- National and Kapodistian University of Athens)

At the same time, there is research collaboration with the other laboratories of the Division of Hydraulics and Hydraulic Engineering:

  • Hydraulics and Hydraulic Works

  • Engineering and Water Resources Management

  • Engineering and Environmental Design

with the following Divisions of the Department:

  • Division of Geotechnical Engineering

  • Division of Structural Engineering

as well as with the following divisions of other Departments of AUTh:

  • Division of Meteorology and Climatology, Department of Geology

  • Division of Zoology, Department of Biology

  • Division of Botany, Department of Biology