Plymouth Uni Establishes New Maritime Simulator

Plymouth Uni Establishes New Maritime Simulator

The University of Plymouth has established a cutting-edge facility that could be crucial to the global offshore renewable energy sectors.

A network of cutting-edge parts is assembled at the marine simulation laboratory so that various nautical scenarios can be run there in real-time.

Initially, it will be used to simulate, test, and optimize marine operations throughout the lifecycle of floating offshore wind (FLOW) installations. At its core is a Kongsberg K-Sim Dynamic Positioning simulator.

Teams working on offshore wind projects will have a place to test, validate, and improve installation and maintenance tasks.

The simulator is also expected to be used in various marine and maritime-related sectors, such as vessel design, marine autonomy, clean maritime, and maritime infrastructure.

The new facility can correctly simulate any maritime region in the world, as well as terrain information, tides, currents, and various environmental factors like wind, sea state, precipitation, and ice.

It will enable skilled craftsmen to build new realistic ones with actual hydrodynamic and aerodynamic performance. Additionally, it can be configured to allow marine items, including buoys, cables, anchors, and docks, to communicate with one another and the simulated environment.

It can demonstrate numerical models due to its high visibility and integration levels, allowing personnel to view the stresses and loads that various weather and sea conditions are placing on simulated items.

The COAST Laboratory's research and development will also be connected to the new simulator, giving academics and businesses a virtual environment to test their ideas before they are used in the wave tanks there.

The University's other state-of-the-art facilities are currently used for research, instruction, and engagement, and the new Maritime Simulation Laboratory completes the collection.

These include the Cyber-SHIP Lab, the UK's only hardware-based maritime cyber security research and development platform, and a Ship Simulator, which can simulate the environment of a marine vessel crossing the ocean.

The University obtained the Dynamic Positioning simulator by participating in the Cornwall FLOW Accelerator project. The project, led by Celtic Sea Power and funded by an ERDF grant of £4.8 million under the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme, will help Cornwall's objectives to become a leader in the worldwide floating offshore wind industry.

Follow Martide on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to stay updated on the latest maritime news.