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Software Based Modelling and Analysis of Vehicle Crash Dynamics: The overall objective of this project is to investigate the crashworthiness in the vehicle front structure by experiments and analysis. Because of the project, we will know more about the fundamentals of engineering mechanics and to apply these fundamentals to the study of vehicle crashworthiness. Specifically, we aim to:
In each of these aims, knowledge of the fundamental principles of mechanics is essential. Also, the ability to apply such knowledge to hardware, to developmental work, or analytical modelling is required. In addition, the activity will improve education in Engineering at the academic partner institutions, in particular Impact Engineering.
Model based design and optimization of high-pressure RTJ 15” – 30” range diameter cold deformed flange connection for subsea use.
Welding has been the technology of choice for connection of flanges subsea for decades. Welding under water is a complex procedure which requires highly trained divers or ROVs at greater depths. The flange to pipe connection technology utilising cold deformation of the pipe developed by Quickflange AS is a quick and robust method for connecting flange to pipe end. The method is increasingly applied for offshore applications. The technology is based on plastic cold expansion/deformation of the pipe into a modified standard flange by use of a hydraulic flanging tool.
The Quickflange method is today applicable for pipe dimensions up to 12" depending on material quality. To apply the Quickflange technology for subsea applications the following objectives must be reached
In order to reach the above given objectives there are several challenges. This project addresses some of them, and they are:
When the Mechatronic Innovation Lab is established together with NODE, our group will be active in building test facilities and running tests of equipment where great dimensions and forces are included (Sørlandslab). One PhD student is proposed in this group.