Reinforced rubber membranes for the clam wave energy converter

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Abstract

The Clam is an offshore toroidal structure housing 12 air cells which are sealed from the sea by means of reinforced rubber membranes. For the desirable membrane lifetime of between five and ten years to be realised there are a number of conditions which must be met, including large vertical strength together with horizontal elasticity which permits flexibility without buckles and kinks. To achieve these characteristics two layers of reinforcing cords are laid at angles close to the vertical. This paper reports some mathematical modeling, together with small and full scale tests of membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1999 Ninth International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference (Volume 1), Brest, France, 30 May - 4 June 1999
EditorsJ S Chung, T Matsui, W Koterayama, J S Chung, T Matsui, W Koterayama
Publisher International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
Pages174-179
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1880653400
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999
Event1999 Ninth International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference - Brest, France
Duration: 30 May 19994 Jun 1999
Conference number: 9

Conference

Conference1999 Ninth International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
CountryFrance
CityBrest
Period30/05/994/06/99

Keywords

  • Reinforced membranes
  • Rubber
  • Wave energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Duckers, L. J. (1999). Reinforced rubber membranes for the clam wave energy converter. In J. S. Chung, T. Matsui, W. Koterayama, J. S. Chung, T. Matsui, & W. Koterayama (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1999 Ninth International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference (Volume 1), Brest, France, 30 May - 4 June 1999 (pp. 174-179). International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers.