Rover Maritime pilot was designed taking a floating steel offshore platform as a reference, trying to reproduce a similar structure with UHDC concrete. The pilot does not reproduce the complete platform but a part that includes one of the floaters and a part of the connecting arm between floaters. For stability and accessibility reasons, to locate the pilot in the real exposure conditions at sea, the arm will be anchored to a vertical dock wall, as shown in the figure.
Steel floating platform and pilot virtual simulation
The objective of the prototype is to validate technical and economically the use of ultra high durability concrete (UHDC) in the manufacturing of floating platforms for offshore wind turbines instead of steel platforms.
Prototype reproduces a part of a three floaters platform concept, considering one of the cylindrical floaters and one of the connecting bars to the other floater (arm). The cylindrical shape floater consists of an external wall, and some vertical and horizontal stifferers. The arm is a square tube connecting the floater to another structure, in this case the dock wall.
Prototype manufacturing is carried out at Universitat Politècnica de Valencia and then will be placed at Sagunto Port for exposure to marine environment and monitoring.
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