Heerema Supports Reeling Doctoral Research

In June 2007 Eelke Focke received her Ph.D. from the TU of Delft, the Netherlands. Her thesis concerns the effect of the reeling installation method on the technical integrity of tight fit pipe when being installed offshore. In cooperation with TU Delft, Dosto Engineering, SenterNovem (Ministry of Economic Affairs) and a Japanese manufacturer of specialist pipe materials (Kuroki T&P), the Ph.D. research project was set up and carried out by Eelke while working for Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC).

HMC entered the Deepwater Subsea market in the late 1990s. Investments in knowledge and development of technology are key factors for success in this market. Welding, Field Joint Coating, Installation methods, but also the use of specialist materials, are areas of technology development that allow HMC to compete.

In 2002 the decision was made to invest in Reeling know-how. A Ph.D. research project was set up to investigate Reeling while using the so-called Tight Fit Pipe (mechanically bonded clad pipe). Jan Meek, Professor Offshore Engineering of the TU Delft, and working for the Heerema Group, was Eelke's supervisor.

Further investigation into the topic is expected. HMC also participates in other joint industry research projects such as welding technologies.

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