Fully submerged composite cryogenic testing

Nicholls-Lee, R.F., Bostock, T.D. and Watt, P. (2011) Fully submerged composite cryogenic testing. In, 18th International Conference on Composite Materials, Jeju Island, South Korea, 21 - 26 Aug 2011. 5pp.


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New methods for marine salvage and decommissioning of structures in the open sea are continually being sought in order to improve control and lower operational costs [1]. The concept design of a lightweight, cryogenic, marine, heavy lift, buoyancy system has been investigated [2]. The objective is to be able to raise or lower high mass objects controlled solely from a surface support vessel. The overall design concept and associated system development issues have been discussed previously. A number of the sub-systems in one complete buoyancy system involve considerable design and development, these include: structural design of the buoyancy chamber, mechanical systems to control and connection to the lift device, the cryogenic system itself and overall process control systems. The main area of concern in the design process is the composite cryogenic Dewar. This is required to operate not only at temperatures as low as -196oC but also to withstand pressure differences exceeding 35bar. As such the composite materials have to perform in a very aggressive environment. This work details a method for fully submersed composite cryogenic testing in order to qualify the materials for use in the Dewar of the buoyancy system.

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Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and the Environment > Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science > Fluid / Structure Interactions Research
ePrint ID: 197219
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
24 August 2011Delivered
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 14:29
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:45
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/197219

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