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Week 3

posted 10 Jun 2014, 09:46 by Group Design Projects Imperial   [ updated 10 Jun 2014, 09:47 ]
Seatech engineering 's project has taken a bit of a dive this week. The reason for this is that we peaked too soon. After an excellent second critical session we decided to pursue our subsea option. The BCM will be housed in a steel frame shaped like a trapezoidal prism. This frame will be resting on 4 suction caissons and lowered 136 m down onto the seabed using a crane vessel. Dom and Ling Wei have been staying late trying to finalise dimensions so that we may start an FE model by Monday. At the moment the stress has very much been building up as we realised there is much more to do and our progress has lost speed. It will prove hard to impress AMEC to the same extent we have last week. At the moment we are relying on unsurpassed Google Sketch up skills, courtesy of team
member Bill.

Overall the challenge this week has proven to be bigger than anticipated and left us drowning in work. We delved and dove too deep and unleashed a beast of complex numerical analysis, reliance on laboratory testing and computational flow simulation, from none of which we can escape. This week was hard, but will merely prepare us for next week, which might prove the most intense of all as we will attempt CFD modelling around BCM machinery start studying advanced sediment motion.