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The Challenges of "DEEP"
Event Date/Time: 09 March 2011 19:00 to 20:00
Event Type: Technical Lecture
Industry Sector: Non Industry Specific
Southampton University Nuffield Lecture Theatre A
Professor Richard Chaplin
Professor Richard Chaplin joined the University
of Reading as an academic engineer. From this
he progressed from Lecturer all the way through
the ranks to become Chair of Engineering Science
and eventually Head of Department, Engineering
The majority of rope applications
are safety critical where failure
can cause loss of life, damage and
disruption. Those applications
which involve great depth are
amongst the most challenging.
This lecture will focus on two aspects:
• hoisting in “ultra deep” (> 3000m)
mine shafts, where the objective is
the safe raising and lowering of a
conveyance holding 250 miners at
speeds of up to 22m/sec (~ 50 mph);
• offshore operations but particularly
mooring floating oil production
systems in deep waters (~ 2000m)
where the effectiveness of “station
keeping” is the primary criterion.
Although simple mechanics can help us
understand a lot about these systems,
not all the answers are obvious.
Contact has not been specified.