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Watch how the researchers at SINTEF Ocean and SIMLab works to improve safety at sea.
Heavy storms can cause steep and violent waves slamming into platforms and offshore wind turbines. For researchers working on safety, it is crucial to understand the mutual interaction between the impacting wave and the structure’s response. In this image gallery, we capture the efforts of Bjørn Christian Abrahamsen (SINTEF Ocean Transport & Energy), Rene Kaufmann and project engineers Trond Auestad (SIMLab) and Jens Åge Havmo (SINTEF Ocean). They all work on the SLADE KPN project, that aims to improve safety at sea. Vegard Aune took all the photos during slamming tests on small-scale models in the SINTEF Ocean Basin Laboratory. In the basin, the engineers generate steep waves slamming into a flat steel plate. The plate is integrated into a pillar, representing a downscaled offshore steel structure. High-speed cameras that can film thousands of images per second record the experiments.
YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE SLADE KPN PROJECT HERE: Measuring the Impact of Extreme Waves