The Norwegian motion laboratory
With the motion laboratory operation including two Stewart platforms available as well as a long-reach commercial loader crane, the NORCOWE partners will be able to perform experiments on a variety of scenarios in a stable and repeatable laboratory environment, see www.motion-lab.no. For example, load transfer between two floating vessels can be simulated or load transfer from a floating vessel to a bottom-fixed structure. The control systems of the Stewart platforms are capable of replaying and simulating typical wave motions profiles from the North Sea. Hence the need for expensive offshore testing or the use of large wave tank experiments can be reduced.