15 March 2016
Soon two of Northern Europe’s few commercial available test centers for mechanical and climatic tests of large components will open in Denmark. There is an overwhelming interest in the new facilities even before inauguration.
There is a great interest in two new test centers – not only from the offshore industry. Last week the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt (V) (to the left) visited LORC and met Offshoreenergy.dk’s Chairman of the Board Anders Eldrup who is also Chairman of the Board at LORC.
The offshore industry will soon get a unique opportunity to test how large components react to an environment with variable temperatures, corrosive environments as well as multi-directional mechanical loads as those seen from for instance waves or wind. In May 2016 a mechanical test center will open at LORC at Funen in Denmark and later this year a climatic test center will see the light of day. The mission with the new facilities is to help the entire offshore industry and other industries working in offshore or similar harsh environments solve some of their challenges.
Behind the initiative stand two business partners Lindoe Offshore Renewable Center and FORCE Technology. They are very excited about the interest in the test centers that have obtained funding from The Region of Southern Denmark and The Market Development Fund.
“Siemens Wind Power and Bladt Industries will be the first companies to test components in the mechanical test center. And without really making an effort to market the new facilities we already got other enquiries from Danish and foreign players interested in making use of the test center,” says Torben Lorentzen CEO at Lindoe Offshore Renewable Center.
He mentions that it will be possible to test full size structures up to 50 m with a three dimensional stress loads and strain set-up, which particularly is relevant for constructions exposed waves, wind or other natural forces. A typical test will take one to two months.
From plus 60 Celsius to minus 60 Celsius
The other new test center, the climatic one, is currently under construction in the same building as the mechanical test center and will open at the end of 2016. Providing a volume of 900 m3 in the test chamber, large components, structures and functional systems can be tested under realistic atmospheric sea conditions.
“We will be able to test all kinds of functional systems such as an engine, a hydraulic system or a crane. In the test chamber we can expose the components to a temperature range of plus 60 to minus 60 degrees Celsius and to a humidity range between 10 to 100 per cent,” explains Torben Lorentzen.
The partners behind the project welcome players in the offshore industry as well as players in industries that operate in harsh environments.
“We have made the facilities generic, so we expect to receive offshore wind and offshore oil & gas customers as well as customers wishing to test for instance sports wear for artic climate. Even medical tests are an option,” Torben Lorentzen adds.
The test centers are among the only ones of that kind open for commercial use in Northern Europe.
“The tests can be customised to meet the customers’ specific demands. We can provide assistance in the process of designing the tests as well as conducting them, and customers are welcome to participate themselves,” explains Torben Lorentzen.
He reveals that he and his team are working on establishing yet another test center at the premises but that he cannot yet be more specific about the plans. A cliffhanger worth following up in a future newsletter…
For further information about the test centers: http://www.lorc.dk/component--substructure
Specifications for the mechanical test bench
- Size (floor): 20x9 m
- Size (walls): 14x4 m and 9x4 m (WxH
- Max. test length: Up to 50 m item lenght
- Frequency: 0.25 Hx at max. load
- Max. static load: 60 mega N
Specifications for the climatic chamber
- Size: 14x8x8 (gate 7x7m)
- Temperature range: +60 Celsius to -60 Celsius
- Humidity range: 10% RH to 100 % RH
- Salt spray: Adjustable from 3 sides
- Cooling capacity: +/- 70 Celsius in 8 hours at 50 t mass