Samples of one of the Oceanic project frames have been extracted after 8 months in the marine environment
Despite the harsh weather (waves up to 14 m dragged the BIMEP buoy that had the testing frame attached to it) nor the frame neighter the panels with samples of materials and coatings suffered any damage.
On April 9th one of the frames corresponding to the second test bench of the Oceanic project was extracted from the ocean after being submerged in the BIMEP (Biscay Marine Energy Platform) marine power testing area in Armintza since August 2nd. The frame that has been extracted contains 8 panels of samples, 6 of them metallic and 2 of them plastic, treated with different innovative antifouling and anticorrosion (the metallic ones) solutions. These panels will be analysed to define the most effective treatments to face such phenomena.
The field test keeps going on by means of the second test frame that contains 6 metallic panels and a plastic one. This frame will remain submerged in the marine testing area.
Without damage despite the harsh weather
The both test frames have stayed submerged at a water depth of 15m, attached to two buoys anchored to the bottom of the sea with 50m long chains in the facilities of the BIMEP.
On March 24th the up to 14 meters high waves, that were recorded in the area, caused the break of one of the anchor chains that were holding the buoys and, as a result, one of them was dragged by the tide. Despite this, none of the testing frames nor the sample panels, designed by the IK4-Azterlan Metallurgical Research Centre to ensure their integrity in extreme open sea conditions, have suffered any damage.
Buoy dragged by the storm after the anchor chain broke down.