|Design of composite material for cost effective large scale production of components for floating offshore structures|
Blommaert, C.; Degrieck, J.; Van Paepegem, W. (2008). Design of composite material for cost effective large scale production of components for floating offshore structures, in: ECCM13 Proceedings. pp. 9
In: (2008). ECCM13 Proceedings. European Society for Composite Materials: [s.l.]. , more
Today, the European Union (EU) is dependent on import for 50% of its energy supply. By 2030 this could easily become 70 %. This makes the EU economically vulnerable. Hence, the EU made an effort to promote renewable energy. The SEEWEC project, an example of this, has been launched at the end of 2005 within the Sixth Framework of the EU. SEEWEC stands for Sustainable Economically Efficient Wave Energy Converter. One of the tasks of Ghent University, as a partner in the project, is the design of composite material for cost effective large scale production of floating point absorbers. For this, the first important steps are taken. A small filament winding machine has been designed to produce eggs on lab scale. For experimental tests on the strength of the egg and pressure distribution of the water, a set up for lab scale slamming tests was designed and built. The machine is designed for the testing of a variety of structures. Validation of the analytical formulas for slamming is to be achieved through these experiments. First, an assessment of the machine occurs by testing a rigid cone of 45 degrees for comparison with the Peseux model. Next, a rigid and a deformable cylinder will be tested and compared.