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The Challenges of "DEEP"

Event Date/Time: 09 March 2011 19:00 to 20:00
Status: Expired

Event Type: Technical Lecture
Industry Sector: Non Industry Specific

Event Address

Southampton University Nuffield Lecture Theatre A
University Road
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Speaker Details

Presented by:
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
Science. Richar


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.

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