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EPSRC Reference: EP/P032958/1
Title: MARLIN Modular Floating Platform for Offshore Wind: Concept Assessment
Principal Investigator: O'Brien, Mr RW
Other Investigators:
Wheatley, Professor AR Baglee, Dr D
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Department: Computing Engineering and Technology
Organisation: University of Sunderland
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 February 2017 Ends: 31 October 2017 Value (£): 50,526
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Marine & Hydropower
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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The University of Sunderland will:

- Work to develop ideas and basic concepts of modules and attachment systems into concept design in 3D CAD formats.

- Lead the 'Design for Manufacture' activities which will include the mechanical, fluid handling, and electrical systems as integral systems within 'Active' modules and 'Fixed Mass' modules.

- Carry out a detailed literature survey into the control and monitoring of subsea equipment including specific aspects of buoyancy control, orientation and connection conditions control.

- Support and inform the AFRC (University of Strathclyde) modelling simulations to select suitable materials for enhanced strength, durability and cost performance.

- Work with NAOME (University of Strathclyde), Frontier Technical and AFRC to install suitable instrumentation into Wave Tank test models.

- Attend weekly telecalls and quarterly consortium participant meetings. Plans will be refined and adjusted if necessary as the results of the research and testing develops.

- Build scale models for tank test.

- Provide materials selection and associated environmental impact studies.

- Support AFRC in developing load distribution concepts for the mounting of a 5MW NREL 'standard wind turbine' onto the floating structure and practical 'manufacturable' design.



- Provide input to support the design and build of a 4 quarter scale fully functioning models for demonstration in the Port of Sunderland Docks and in the open sea.

- Conduct appropriate mechanical tests on representative samples to provide data for subsequent modelling.

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