When installing a floating platform in the sea one of the most important aspects is ensuring its survival in such a harsh environment and at the same time keeping the operation and maintenance costs as low as possible during the whole of its life cycle. In order to achieve this, at the CTC we are capable of designing and analysing any type of offshore floating structure from a structural point of view, in particular floating platforms for extracting energy from the wind, waves, and currents.
Applications: Floating platforms, renewable marine energy converters, ships
Sector: Renewable energy, Oil & Gas
Designing and analysis of anchorng systems
Descripción: Floating structures such as wave energy converters or offshore wind turbines are kept in position by the use of anchoring systems and their auxiliary elements. At the CTC we have qualified personnel for the designing and analysing of anchoring systems of this type of structures in all their configurations (chain, cable, line, and elastomer).
Aplicaciones: Floating platforms, renewable marine energy converters, and ships
Sector: Energía renovable, Oil&Gas
Designing and analysis of fixed structures
Description: At the CTC we have considerable experience in the designing and structural analysis of all kinds of fixed offshore structure. Thanks to this knowledge and to specific software we are capable of optimising the designing of fixed structures and components and also of quantifying the stress to which they are subjected, which allows us to estimate their service life.
Applications: Fixed structures, civil engineering structures, renewable marine energy converters
Sector: Industrial, Renewable energy, Oil&Gas
Description: Another of the lines of research of the CTC is that of the monitoring of both structural health and environmental variables.
From the point of view of structural health, at the CTC we use integrated sensors to quantiy loads to which this type of structures are subjected so as to be able to find out in real time the level of structural integrity. By continuous monitoring we increase the security of the platforms, detect structural damage, and improve the maintenance plan. The objective of all this is to reduce operating costs and extend maintenance deadlines.
In the case of environmental variables, at the CTC we are able to develop and integrate sensors so as to quantify various parameters of the marine environment. By means of using a combination of low-cost sensors and highly complex algorithms, in some cases we are able to obtain results comparable to those of top-of-the-range sensors.
Applications: Civil structure, renewable marine energy converters, floating platforms, buoys
Sector: Industrial, Renewable energy, Oil & Gas, Military, Car industry, Construction
Description: Another of the lines of research of the CTC is that of marine corrosion and biofouling. At the CTC we are able to formulate and test ad hoc specific coatings for the marine environment (whether metallic or organic). At the CTC we have a corrosion laboratory in which to characterise and test coatings rapidly according to the regulations of reference of the sector. Likewise the CTC has a marine laboratory known as the El Bocal Marine Corrosion Test Site (El Bocal MCTS) where their performance addressing marine corrosion and biofouling in real time marine exposure can be assessed.
Applications: Offshore structures, ships, propellors, turbines, renewable marine energy converters