Research & Development Centre
Research & Development (R&D) is the backbone of CargoMaxx' continuous growth and success. Our highly skilled, field experience engineers have tailored our products to the specific demands of clients. Through total commitment in each project, CargoMaxx has gained astrong competitive edge.
The R&D centre, based at Van Aalst Marine & Offshore's headquarters in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, works on a variety of products and innovations, including state-of-the-art sustainable machinery, and equipment that requires less complicated maintenance cycles. With this in focus, our R&D specialists constantly monitor our active machineries and liquid and dry cargo systems, continuously striving to optimize their performance and endurance in harsh or even arctic environmental conditions. At the same time, the effort is to reduce to the total cost of ownership of each product to a minimum.
The R&D center has invested in life-size equipment and technology to conduct studies in five specific aspects of pneumatic transport of liquid and dry cargoes, such as drill cuttings, liquid mud, cement and other powder-like products:
- Vacuum air convey performance
- Pumpability of fluids
- Compressed air convey performance
- Fluidizing performance
- Product analyses of non-standard materials
- Detailed and Custom made designs
Extensive product research measures and determines the specifics of cement and other non-standard products' behaviour in the pneumatic system. This R&D project has resulted in the development of full-size vacuum pressure systems of variable lengths of 25-250 metres of pipeline, as well as a 35-metre elevation capable of simulating endless combinations of cement discharge lines and other similarly behaving products. The accomplishment has further improved controlling systems both on board and ashore, allowing more flexibility and optimum discharge rates, with zero blockage incidents during the discharging process.