Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Find out more about our robotics and autonomous systems testing and validation facilities.

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Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub

The Catapult has appointed the University of Strathclyde and the University of Manchester to form the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub.

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Automation & Engineering Solutions

Find out more about our work in robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

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Stay Current

Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

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Live Innovation Opportunities

There are a number of programmes identifying the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry. Solving these challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. Visit our Live Innovation Opportunities page to find out if your technology has the answer.

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Marine Component Reliability

Testing and analysing components in wave and tidal devices

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The project

In collaboration with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (ARFC), part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, we are delivering a project to test and analyse components in wave and tidal devices. The project is building a database identifying the common failure mechanisms of components to better understand issues around component reliability, improve performance and ultimately reduce the cost of marine energy.

EMEC has identified a variety of components that have failed to some degree across a range of wave and tidal energy devices, with AFRC providing support around component testing. You can now download the Good practices for handling and investigating failed components report.

The resulting case study report is now available for download to support the sector in engineering design choices around components and materials.


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