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Integrity of Offshore Wind Structures

Lecture

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This presentation examines how offshore support structures are currently designed and fabricated and explores ways in which with better understanding steel foundations might be optimised for cost effective life-cycle operation.

Date and Time

29 January 2014 - 18:30-21:00

Location

Bedford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire local network.


About this event

The UK leads the Offshore Wind industry with as much capacity already installed as the rest of the world combined and currently provides around 8 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 2 million homes with this figure set to double over the next three years.  The cost of fabrication and installation is currently high and the industry is under mounting pressure to reduce both CAPEX and OPEX.  This presentation examines how offshore support structures are currently designed and fabricated and explores ways in which with better understanding steel foundations might be optimised for cost effective life-cycle operation.

Programme

Refreshments from 18:30
Lecture starts 19:00

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About the speaker


Feargal Brennan is Professor of Offshore Engineering, head of the Offshore, Process and Energy Engineering department and its Offshore Renewable Energy Group. He is a leading authority on the development and assessment of offshore renewables including wind, wave, tidal stream and the production of sustainable biofuel feedstocks in the ocean environment. Professor Brennan has for twenty years been at the forefront of internationally leading research in structural integrity and its application to ships, offshore renewables and the oil & gas sector. He has published over one hundred papers in peer reviewed technical journals and conferences. In addition to research, development and consultancy, Feargal has been executive and non executive director of a number of technology companies and received several awards from the dti, rail and offshore industries for innovation in structural integrity monitoring of large Civil and Mechanical infrastructure. He is the chairman of the ISSC (International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress) Offshore Renewable Energy committee, sits on the BSI committee for fatigue testing of metals, the Engineering Integrity Society (EIS) durability & fatigue committee, the IMechE Offshore Engineering Committee, the EPSRC peer review college, Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering and is co-editor of the international journal Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures.

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