Development of a Condition Monitoring System for Tidal Stream Generator Structures / TIDALSENSE

Project code: SME-2008-1-232518
ES programme: Framework Programe 7 (FP7)

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The objective of the project

To develop a technique for structural health monitoring for tidal stream generators using combination of long-range guided waves and acoustic emission and develop a novel transducers and array of transducers with integrated acoustic emission and long-range ultrasonic capabilities.

Ultrasound institute

Has investigated the capabilities to inspect and/or to monitor the structural integrity of hydrofoil using ultrasonic guided waves:

  • Modeling of the guided waves in the selected components was performed;
  • The different wave modes were identified and the most suitable ones for inspection were selected;
  • The configuration or arrangement of the transducers for optimal generation and reception of guided waves was determined.
  • The technique of automatic classification of the defect-free and the defective regions of the hydrofoil was developed.

Project partners

TWI Ltd (UK), TidalSails (Norway), IT power, IKH (Greece), Nexus (Bulgaria), Electron (Bulgaria), IT Nardoni (Italy), EnerOcean (Spain), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), Cereteth (Greece).

2009 - 2011