C4 - New materials and coatings

C - Materials and Manufacturing

Status - published
Last updated on: 12/11/2019

Challenges/Opportunities

Corrosion and Fatigue degrade structural integrity and new materials need to be developed and applied for offshore wind and marine renewable energy applications. New materials, fatigue/corrosion/abrasion resistant Innovative materials with special properties can result to life time extension (beyond nominal 25 years) and reduce inspection/maintenance requirements

Solution

Fatigue/corrosion/abrasion resistant Innovative materials (including coatings) with special properties should be developed for life-time extension (beyond nominal 25 years) and reduce inspection/maintenance requirements.

Context And Need

Need:

New materials can facilitate upscaling (more units, larger, in deeper waters, further offshore) at a reduced cost.

Breakthrough:

Breakthrough needed to enhance structural integrity through the life-cycle.

Summary

The development of innovative materials and their application for the ORE sector will enable improvements in structural integrity, corrosion resistance and fatigue life.

Impact Potential

Very large potential impact for the reduction in OPEX.

Research Status

There is no joined-up initiative for considering the transfer of materials know-how from other sectors, or the development of a new generation of corrosion-fatigue resisting materials for marine applications.

Some disparate research activities exist, the main overlap is the EPSRC CAMREG project.

Offshore Wind Innovation Hub - Substructures innovation priorities

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