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Offshore substation jacket testingNew research being carried out by the University of Rostock and HR Wallingford is assessing the development of scour around substation jacket foundations to provide new insights for the University of Rostock in research funded by the German government.

Physical model tests allow for the effects of scour to be accurately assessed under realistic conditions in the laboratory, which can be used to inform and optimise jacket design. For these scour tests, the University of Rostock has provided two models of steel jacket foundations at a scale of 1:60. The data they are gathering in HR Wallingford’s facilities is deepening their understanding of the effects of scour on offshore substation jackets in the German sector of the North Sea. Results of the scour research will be published following completion of the programme.