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Reference Number EP/N02057X/1
Title SURFTEC: SUrvivability and Reliability of Floating Tidal Energy Converters
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr AJ Williams
No email address given
Swansea University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 23 November 2016
End Date 31 March 2020
Duration 40 months
Total Grant Value £508,199
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Wales
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr AJ Williams , Engineering, Swansea University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr TN Croft , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Black & Veatch (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ocean Flow Energy Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sustainable Marine Energy (0.000%)
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Abstract Identifying and understanding extreme and fatigue loads on tidal energy converters (TEC), understanding environmental extremes (other than main resource), and determining accessibility, serviceability criteria, fault intervals and associated device life cycles, are all important factors that can determine CAPEX and OPEX cost of devices and array deployments. This project will provide a holistic vision for design optimisation to ensure, reliability and survivability for floating TECs (FTECs). Computational modeling and real sea deployment measurements will provide a tool to inform the optimum operational strategy and maximise survivability and reliability for FTEC devices and arrays.Swansea University will develop a versatile BEMT code to enable the study of FTECs numerically at a fundamental level and physically by working closely with project partners Oceanflow Energy, EMEC and Black and Veatch to determine the most important parameters to be measured for this type of technologies. Measurements taken at the Sanda Sound deployment site for the Oceanflow Energy 1:4 scale EVOPOD prototype, including loads on the device and sea condition datasets, will be used to validate the BEMT model for FTECs. A generic BEMT FTEC model will then be tested using environmental data, including extremes, provided by EMEC. In collaboration with Black and Veatch the resulting load predictions will be used to estimate component fatigue and failure. This will lead to the development of an operational strategy and design guidance to maximise survivability and reliability of FTECs.

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