Brunel University, Uxbridge
Jan 26 2018 - | download iCal
Mooring systems are critical for the success of all offshore floating renewable energy devices, which are constantly pushed to their extreme limits in high energy environments. Over the last few years, there has been significant research focused on ropes resulting in the production of lighter and stronger products. As a consequence, the weaknesses in the systems now occur in the rope in-line and end connectors with critical areas causing chaffing of the rope, resulting in premature failure.
Funded by Innovate UK, the STORM (Specialised Thimbles for Offshore Renewable Marine energy) project is aiming to design a new multi-material hybrid connector which will be:
- Easier to assemble
- Enhance the lifespan of mooring systems