Motivation. Robust and lightweight materials and design for topside use in the arctic has been demanded by the industry. The density of aluminium is only one third of steel and may thus be an attractive alternative (to steel) to save weight. Examples of possible aluminium applications are helidecks, living quarters, stairs and gangways. Aluminium has also been extensively used as drilling pipes in regions with poor infrastructure and terrain making road transport difficult (e.g. Siberia). One other attractive functional property of aluminium is its high thermal conductivity which may be utilized to prevent icing or ice removal. Aluminium is also applied in LNG tanks, which demonstrates its excellent low temperature properties.
Objectives for 2013-2014.
Work description. The following tasks are included:
Published January 8, 2010