C1 - Structural Integrity in the Marine Environment (corrosion, fatigue, coatings etc.)
C - Materials and Manufacturing
Corrosion and Fatigue degrade structural integrity and need to be better understood.
Experimental, Numerical and analytical damage models need to be developed, validated and verified for offshore structural integrity.
Context And Need
Offshore/marine renewables are subject to harsh deployment environments; corrosion fatigue is the primary progressive damage mechanism adversely affecting structural integrity and hence safety and LCoE; New markets, including USA and China, include extreme deployment conditions
Breakthrough needed to enhance understanding of corrosion fatigue mechanisms.
Offshore wind components/assets need to withstand the harsh marine environment hence understanding of degradation mechanisms should warrant operability and safety of personnel.
Expected potential impact is high in CAPEX/OPEX/survivability and safety.
Joint Industry Projects over the past 4-5 years have mainly tackled such issues, informing fatigue assessment practices. However issues remain concerning corrosion fatigue, in particular:
Also the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub Roadmap - Substructures innovation priorities
We would also like to invite UK researchers and industry stakeholders within ORE to submit links to research projects, both past and present, for inclusion within the landscape.
Therefore, if you have a UK-based research project within an area of ORE that you feel is relevant to a specific research theme or challenge within the Research Landscape, click HERE to submit your research project to the research landscape