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Centro de pruebas escocés para materiales de la construcción en el campo de energías renovables marinas


Oferta Tecnológica
Un centro de pruebas de una universidad escocesa ofrece capacidad e instalaciones para la realización de pruebas y prototipado de materiales de la construcción en el campo de energías renovables marinas, como cemento y estructuras, incluyendo cimientos submarinos. Los laboratorios que forman el centro son algunos de los mejores equipados de Reino Unido y ofrecen técnicas para la caracterización de cemento, hormigón y otros materiales geológicos e industriales. La universidad, que combina las fortalezas académicas y experiencia industrial de los grupos de investigación en cemento y geotecnia, ofrece su experiencia para establecer acuerdos de subcontratación, comercialización con asistencia técnica y joint venture.


Scottish test centre for marine renewable energy construction materials
A Scottish university test centre provides unique capabilities and facilities for the testing and prototyping of marine renewable energy construction materials such as concrete and structures including subsea foundations.

Combining the academic strengths and industrial experience of concrete and geotechnic research groups, it offers expertise for: research cooperation; commercial agreement with technical assistance; Joint Ventures to a range of industry stakeholders.
The Centre has been created with ERDF investment and is housed in the School of Science and Enginneering at a Scottish university. It combines the academic strengths and industrial experience of concrete and geotechnical research groups and offers testing and prototyping of marine renewable energy construction materials such as concrete and structures including subsea foundations.

The centre has facilities and capabilities to enable industry to develop and test more efficient design solutions and reduce material handling and resource needs at a fraction of the cost of full scale trials. The centre is looking for research cooperation; sub-contracting; JV opportunities; commercial agreements with technical assistance.

The laboratories which form part of the Centre are some of the best equipped in the UK and offer a unique suite of techniques available for the characterisation of cement, concrete and other geological and industrial materials. The concrete testing facilities consist of three laboratories focusing on::

· Marine and renewables
· Cement science
· Concrete

Concrete research and testing capabilities include:

- Material characterisation and particle analysis
- Concrete micro-structural analysis
- Plastic and early age properties
- Operational and placement challenges
- Engineering / mechanical / NDT properties
- Thermal properties
- Durability/weathering/permeability

The geotechnical laboratories are equipped with a unique combination of facilities for both: scaled physical modelling of new foundation concepts; substructures and anchoring technologies (coupled with supporting bespoke and novel soil and rock characterisation facilities). The facilities are unique within Scotland and considered well equipped for the UK. Capabilities include:

- Centrifuge (N-g) modelling facility with multi-directional loading systems and in-flight characterisation
- Supporting 1-g modelling facilities with multi-directional loading systems
- Conventional soil laboratory testing for soils and soft rocks (triaxial, oedometer, shearbox)
- Cyclic and dynamic soil testing (e.g. variable direction cyclic simple shear)
- Ground-structure interface characterisation to large strain
- Imaging systems for mechanism analysis (including for dynamic events)

Of particular note is the centrifuge facility. This is used to test small scale models (1:10-1:100 scale) of foundations and anchoring systems. When spun in the centrifuge to induce elevated acceleration (or gravity, g) levels, the soil behaves as it would at full scale during demonstration or operation, allowing simulation of full-scale prototype behaviour for a fraction of the scale, time and cost. The available facilities are designed to allow low cost development of foundation and anchoring systems in a controllable and repeatable environment. They can also be used to simulate and verify working designs and installation.

Advantages and Innovations:
The unique combination of facilities embodied within the Centre allows holistic simulation and assessment of substructure systems across a wide range of scales from the microscopic and chemical behaviour of the materials (e.g. the durability of a concrete in seawater) through element tests of components (e.g. soil, structural elements) to tests of full prototype systems of components on the centrifuge (e.g. testing of embedded anchor/foundation performance under various loading regimes).

The wide range of scales that can be considered means the facilities at the Centre can be used to provide supporting physical data for every stage of the design process. This includes fundamental material properties as input data for calculations and numerical simulations, proof-of-concept and scenario simulation data for validation of designs and analyses.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The Centre seeks: Offshore wind developers; tidal and wave technology developers; foundation and anchorage system developers interested in working with an accredited UK research lab to carry out testing and prototyping of marine renewable energy construction materials such as concrete and structures including subsea foundations.

It is also interested in working with technology led SMEs working in this area, and research institutes interested in developing long term collaboration opportunities.

Additionally it is interested in investigating potential European funding including H2020 and INTERREG.


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Restrict dissemination to specific countries:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech_Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Republic Of, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States


Technology Keywords:
02006002 Construction methods and equipment
02007009 Materials Handling Technology (solids, fluids, gases)
02007015 Properties of Materials, Corrosion/Degradation
04005008 Wind energy