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Demonstration of a Condition Monitoring System for Tidal Stream Generators

Objective

The TidalSense Demo project has been conceived by the SMEs intending to exploit a new market with huge potential growth, in Condition Monitoring of subsea energy device elements using the TidalSense System. The TidalSense condition monitoring system has been developed to detect, locate and classify defects in tidal generator structures. The Demo project will allow the SMEs to demonstrate and validate their system so that they can gain a lead in this emerging market, providing condition monitoring services and components to tidal energy operators. The SMEs will draw on their in-house research capabilities and those of participating research organisations, who will supply support to the SMEs.

The TidalSense Demo project is aiming to:
• Apply novel LRU (Long Range Ultrasonic) and AE (Acoustic Emission) sensors to inspect tidal stream generators, allowing 100% volume coverage.
• Apply novel and flexible piezocomposite transducers to LRU/AE allowing perfect adaptation of shape to structures of complex contour, and thus perfect acoustic coupling into such structures.
• Use guided wave in new applications.
• Develop instrumentation and software for LRUT and AE monitoring of tidal generators.
• Develop signal processing techniques for signal enhancement including novel time reversal focussing.
• Develop an automated defect detection and classification system (ADDS) including trend analysis which combines AE and LRU in an integrated way.
• Implement general wireless communication methods so that the data can be collected and transmitted both from generators directly to the office, without human intervention.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
EU contribution
€ 330 000,00
Address
HILDERSHAM ROAD NORTH WING THE OLD LIVERY
CB21 6DR CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hassam Miabhoy (Mr.)
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Participants (12)