IS12 - Development of Numerical and Experimental Techniques for the Engineering, Production And Life-cycle Management of Improved Fibre-based Material Solutions of Large Offshore Energy Platforms
There is no doubt that the offshore renewable energy exploitation has a great potential to
grow, and it will greatly help reach climate goals and CO2 reduction levels and are likely
to secure Europe’s technical and economic competitiveness. However, the open sea is a
very aggressive environment with may largely affect the maintenance costs of the
installations and therefore the overall cost of offshore energy generation. The owners of
offshore assets are well aware of that and are paying a steep price. A massive amount of
steel goes into those assets, and all this metal is subject to degradation, which explains
why corrosion accounts for approximately 60% of offshore maintenance cost. Preventive
maintenance is not just expensive but also reduces the operating life of the assets. Despite
the convenient immunity to corrosion of Fibre Reinforced Polymers
(FRP), the use of those materials for large marine structures is limited to secondary
The aim of this session is to show the use of FRP materials in the structure of the next
generation of large Renewable Energy Offshore Platforms (REOPs) by overcoming the
above mentioned challenges. Numerical and experimental works regarding the use of
FRP materials for offshore applications are welcome. In particular the following topics
are of special interest:
• Simulation techniques of FRP materials
• Fatigue in FRP materials: numerical modeling and experimental tests.
• Development of joining techniques using FRP materials.
• Structural health monitoring of offshore structures.
• Development of digital twins for offshore structures.