Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN)

  • With some 18,500 students and 5,200 faculty and staff spread across four campuses and nearly 85,000 alumni active throughout the world, Memorial University is one of the largest in Atlantic Canada
  • Over 40% of total research at Memorial and 68% of research in the Faculty of Science is ocean-related

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

  • dedicated to teaching and learning, research, service and external engagement, in order to make a significant positive impact on society, locally, nationally and internationally
    • Environmental Laboratory
      • Focus: biodegradation of contaminants, waste water treatment technologies, determination of organic and inorganic contamination in soil and water, air and water quality monitoring and exhaust gas emission analysis
      • Facilities: batch-/bench-/pilot-scale reactors to examine and simulate pollutant transport and fate under controlled environmental conditions; gas chromatography-mass spectrograph (GC/MS) system; image/data acquisition-analysis system
  • Fluids and Hydraulics Laboratory
    • Focus: fluid related teaching and research
    • Facilities: Tow tank provides a unique capability to study the hydrodynamic effects of vessels, moorings, wharves, vortex induced vibrations and other related marine structures and interactions; fast rescue craft simulator that simulates harsh ocean environments in a controlled setting; open-channel flume tank; deep tank for pressure testing; erosion table; multi-phase flow loop
  • Drilling Technology Laboratory
    • Focus: experimental and numerical investigation of vibration-assisted rotary drilling (VARD)
    • Facilities: large and small scale laboratory drilling rigs; coring rig; grinder; geomechanics frame; kick detection flow system; P-wave sensors
  • Mechatronics Laboratory
    • Focus: evaluation of complex designs at the systems level prior to construction
    • Facilities: state-of-the art mechanical, electrical and software engineering bench and test equipment for use in the evaluation of complex designs at the systems level.
  • Multiphase Flow Lab
  • Process Engineering Laboratory
    • Focus: understanding of the fundamental unit operations of industrial processes.
    • Facilities: Gas Absorption, Liquid extraction unit, Permeability and Fluidization, Tubular Reactor, Reverse Osmosis, Crystallization unit, Distillation Column and the Solid liquid extraction unit.
  • Structures Laboratory
    • Focus: destructive testing to investigate maximum performance capabilities, including tension and compression loading under both static and dynamic conditions.
    • Facilities: two 10-tonne overhead cranes; 40 foot ceilings; 3,000psi 75hp hydraulic system; three-foot thick reaction floor used to secure custom load frames for testing.
  • Thermal Laboratory
    • Focus: investigation of material properties under controlled pressure and temperature conditions
    • Facilities: boiler (steam) and refrigeration (vapour) systems; engine dynamometer; 12’WX14’LX12’H walk-in refrigeration unit (to -30 degrees C) equipped with computer controlled (load and position) high pressure MTS load frame, 10,000 psi pressure intensifier and associated tri-axial confinement chamber (synchronized with the load frame); ice machining.
  • Hibernia Enhanced Oil Recovery Lab
    • Focus: dedicated to providing laboratory and simulation support to the enhanced oil recovery activities of the oil and gas industry and to solving fundamental problems of multiphase flow. 
    • Facilities: coreflooding and visualization equipment including high-pressure (10,000 psi)/high-temperature (2000 C), two phase and three-phase steady-state core-flooding apparatus including quizix pumps, high resolution pressure transducers, two/three phase acoustic separators, oscillating back pressure regulator and inline viscometers. 

Ocean Engineering Research Centre

  • Objectives are to advance ocean engineering research and technology development; promote interaction between researchers and ocean technology stakeholders; foster an innovative, wealth-creating research climate, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and commercialization of research; and take an active role in shaping policies in the ocean engineering, offshore engineering and marine technology sectors
    • Autonomous Ocean Systems Laboratory
      • Focus: development and proof of performance of autonomous ocean systems (including autonomous underwater vehicles, unmanned surface craft and unmanned aerial vehicles) in cold ocean environments
      • Facilities: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles; Gliders; Unmanned Surface Craft; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Marine Environmental Research Lab for Intelligent Vehicles (MERLIN)
    • Focus: application autonomous underwater vehicles to research in the marine environment. 
    • Facilities: International Submarine Engineering Explorer Class AUV (including R2 Sonics 2024 Multibeam Echosounder System, Edgetech 2200M Side Scan Sonar/Subbottom Profiler, LinkQuest MA5000 USBL and various other integrated nav and comms systems); Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) System
  • Process Safety Lab
    • Focus: Development and dissipation of knowledge related to safer and cleaner process operation, with a particular focus on mitigation of pressure, thermal and reactive hazards
    • Facilities: basic infrastructure facilities for investigating chemical behaviour in different operating conditions (especially maritime offshore)
  • Small vessel simulator
    • Focus: Development of immersive simulators for training the operators of small vessels, including lifeboats and fast rescue craft.
    • Facilities: virtual environment to enable crews of offshore petroleum installations to rehearse emergency response procedures.
  • Structures Lab
    • Focus: wide range of testing on a variety of structures
    • Facilities: Include equipment and test facilities to carry out a wide range of tests (including fracture toughness and flexural modulus) on offshore structures
  • Towing Tank
    • Focus: various tests in the ship design and offshore research fields
    • Facilities: 54 metre towing tank for use in ship design and offshore research. Equipment includes various dynamometers, signal conditioners and particle image velocimetry (PIV) system. Lab owns a variety of ship models ranging from fishing vessels to offshore supply vessels.

Ocean Sciences Centre

  • Focus: cold ocean research on North Atlantic fisheries, aquaculture, oceanography and ecology
    • Cold-Ocean Deep-Sea Research Facility (CDRF)
      • AQC3 certified biocontainment facility equipped with continuous flow seawater, histology services (sectioning, staining and mounting), scanning electron microscopy, deep-sea lab (pressurized vessels) and disease challenge equipment

Centre for Health Information Analytics

  • Focus: rapid interrogation and integration of complex source data from multiple organizations 
  • Facilities: 1692 Intel Xeon CPU Cores; 200 IBM Power 8 Cores; 4 Petabytes of usable storage; 50Gbps transfer rates between compute nodes; system operate as shared infrastructure where users may submit jobs to the system using IBM LSF 

Core Research Equipment & Instrument Training Network (CREAIT)

  • Focus: Designed to maximize the impact of Memorial University’s institutional investments in research through enhanced access to and utilization of major research equipment 
  • Genomics and Proteomics (GaP) Facility
  • Centre for Chemical Analysis, Research and Training (C-CART)
  • Computing, Simulation and Landmark Visualization Facility (CSLV)
  • The Earth Resources Research and Analysis Facility (TERRA)
  • Micro Analysis Facility (MAF-IIC)

Bonne Bay Marine Station

  • Focus: marine biology and environmental studies teaching, research and public engagement.
  • Facilities: equipped with teaching and research laboratories, library/resource centre, multimedia theatre, aquarium, residence accommodations, and small boats

Memorial University Technical Services

  • Biomedical, electronic and mechanical services including computer repair, electronic design, instrument repair, computer network installation, machining, glass-blowing, welding and fabrication of scale models 

Memorial University Libraries

  • Collections in many subject areas including marine biology, polar studies, maritime history, ocean engineering, marine geology and ocean technology 

Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI)

  • MUN’s dedicated marine-focused education and research institution, established 50 years ago in 1965
  • MI provides industry-driven training, producing about 70% of all English-speaking seafarers in Canada, and also carries out applied research for private and public sector clients

Centre for Marine Simulation

  • Focus: training, educational, and research and development ranging from computer based part-task simulators to large and complex full mission simulation.
  • Facilities: Ballast Control and Cargo Handling Simulator; Dynamic Positioning Simulator; Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Simulator; Fast Time Simulator; Full Mission Ship’s Bridge Simulator; Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Simulator; Lifeboat Launch Simulator; NetSim; Process Control Simulator; Propulsion Plant Simulator; Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Simulator; Simulated Electronic Navigation (SEN) Live Equipment Laboratory; Simulated Electronic Navigation (SEN) Simulator; Tug Simulator

Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources

  • Focus: sustainable development of the aquatic resources through collaborative industrial research and development, technology transfer and education services to the global fishing industry
  • Facilities: Flume tank (8m wide x 4m deep x 22.25m long); underwater cameras (various); small work class ROV; Net Loft (scale model fabrication and modeling); Hydrostatic Test Chamber (70 liter chamber able to simulate ocean depths of up to 1800m)

Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development

  • Focus: Product and process development; technology transfer; advisory services and industrial training in three theme areas: seafood processing, aquaculture and marine bioprocessing.
  • Facilities: Food Processing Pilot Plant (product development kitchen; sensory analysis lab; pilot scale food processing equipment); Aquaculture Facility (five independent recirculating systems capable of using fresh or salt water; two flow-through fresh water systems; live food culture laboratory (zooplankton and algae); quarantine laboratory; feed preparation area; necropsy laboratory; bacteriology laboratory; histopathology laboratory); Marine Bioprocessing Facility (extraction, concentrating and drying equipment; extrusion processing equipment; 208 litre batch biodiesel processor)

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research (CFER)

  • Focus: research on Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries and the sustainability of stocks
  • Facilities: RV Gecho II (10m vessel equipped with two scientific echo sounders with five transducers (four frequencies); oceanographic winch; remotely operated vehicle; fish tracking telemetry equipment; ichthyoplankton survey gear)

Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation

  • Focus: gives the fishing, seafood and aquaculture industry easy access to the scientific and technological facilities and expertise of Memorial University in order to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities
  • Facilities: facilitates access to MUN/MI facilities.

Offshore Safety and Survival Centre 

  • Focus: safety and emergency response training and applied research for the offshore petroleum, marine transportation, and fishing industries
  • Facilities: Large survival tank (complete with state-of-the-art helicopter underwater escape trainer (HUET) and environmental theatre); various marine and offshore evacuation devices; fire training ground (outfitted with marine, offshore petroleum and helicopter fire simulators); lifeboat and fast rescue craft launching devices (Holyrood); various lifeboats and fast rescue craft

Centre for Applied Ocean Technology

  • Focus: undertakes applied R&D in two areas: ocean mapping and ocean observations systems
  • Facilities: Kongsberg EM-710 multibeam echosounder; various meteorological/oceanographic buoys and sensors; underwater acoustic tank.

Holyrood Marine Base

Centre for Cold Oceans Resource Engineering (C-CORE)

  • Focus: behavior and prevalence of sea ice and icebergs, as well as risk mitigation techniques such as satellite-based ice monitoring and physical management of ice
  • Facilities: home to one of the world’s largest geotechnical centrifuges, which is able to simulate Arctic phenomena such as years of freezing and thawing and the effects on ocean equipment


College of the North Atlantic

  • The College of the North Atlantic maintains a number of specialized facilities for teaching and research
    • Innovative Product Development Centre
      • Focus: product development research and design support services
      • Facilities: CAD; 3D laser scanning; 3D printing; rapid prototyping and injection molding
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre
    • Focus: Manufacturing prototype development support
    • Facilities: coordinate measurement machine; vacuum former; wire electrical discharge machine; computer controlled machining and lathes; CO2 laser.
  • Materials and Nanotechnology Research Lab
    • Focus: Supports research into various aspects of nanotechnology including materials characterization, amorphous semiconductors, surfactants and polymers, self-assemblies, nano-photo-mechanical systems and nonlinear optics.
    • Facilities:
  • Petroleum Specialty Centre
    • Focus: petroleum production, well control, fluid hydraulics and industrial instrumentation.
    • Facilities: well control and process loop simulators; reservoir analysis laboratory; production process facility; instrumentation and controls system.
  • Wave Energy Research Centre
    • Focus: development of ocean wave powered pump technology to support on-shore multi-trophic aquaculture.
    • Facilities: custom designed wave pump; metal fabrication; welding QA/failure analysis; sub-sea electronics and control systems.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

  • Has the lead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters
    • Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre (Science Facilities)
      • Focus: research on eastern Canadian Fisheries and the sustainability of stocks.
      • Facilities: live animal holding facility (aquarium), with 52 flow-through tanks, with the capability of freshwater, seawater, filtered and chilled seawater research. An open plan flexible multiuse aquatic science research laboratory, for biological and chemical analysis. A large necropsy laboratory with walk-in cold storage. A physical Oceanography workshop with 3 m deep seawater testing tank. Otolith preparation and reading rooms, large purposed built preserved biological specimen storage facility including separate space for chemical storage. Various field equipment for freshwater and offshore marine research, including a number of small boats and handheld equipment. Two large offshore science research trawlers, CCGS Alfred Needler, 50 m and the CCGS Teleost, 63 m, and a near shore research vessel the CCGS Vladykov, 25 m, which are operated by CCG for DFO Science.

National Research Council (NRC)

  • Government of Canada’s premier research and technology organization (RTO)
  • works with clients and partners, we provide innovation support, strategic research, and scientific and technical services
    • Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (OCRE)
      • Focus: provides consulting and applied research services and tools across all three areas of numerical modeling, physical modeling and full-scale testing.
      • Facilities: include the world’s longest ice tank (90m x 12m x 3m), tow tank (200m x 12m x 7m), and offshore engineering basin (75m x 32m x 3.5m), along with various numerical and model testing systems


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