The University of Agder (UiA) in cooperation with Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) has now signed a contract with The Research Council of Norway to upgrade the Motion Laboratory at UiA.
|From the opening of Motion Lab with Geir Hovland (UiA, left) and Rune Volla. Photo: The Research Council of Norway
Parts of this is given Christian Michelsen Researach (CMR) to establish mobile infrastructure for 3D motion compensation research.
UiA is managing The Motion Laboratory, which has NODE, Norwegian offshore & drilling engineering and Christian Michelsen Research as partners.
The existing equipment established in connection with the NORCOWE program consists of two Stewart platforms (hexapods) from Bosch-Rexroth. The equipment can handle large payloads (up to 8 tonnes) as well as vessel-to-vessel experiments.
IMPROVED CAPABILITIES AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING
This new equipment will improve the capabilities of the laboratory and result in a much improved understanding of motion compensation:
• A high-speed motion capture system with frame rates up to 1000 frames-per-second (fps) covering the entire volume of the Motion Laboratory.
• A laser tracker with capacity to measure 6 degrees of freedom very accurately (typical translational accuracy of 10-30µm) at a radial distance up to 18m.
• An outdoor transportable motion platform which allows for testing at research partner sites. This equipment is intended for sensor testing (e.g. LIDARs) onshore or offshore and for testing equipment at research partner sites which is too heavy or too large to transport to the Motion Laboratory. This platform will be operated by CMR.