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Dr Stephane Kovacs

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Stéphane Kovacs is a multidisciplinary professional with a PhD and industrial experience in engineering design and management, interested in energy engineering and innovative thinking.

At the Renewable Energy department, Stéphane works in a joint industry demonstration program for the JAVELIN anchor adapted for Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW). ReflexMarine Ltd. has received funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in the development of the deep set JAVELIN anchor.

Significant achievements: i) risk assessment for the concept, ii) design methodology, design review, Failure Modes and Effect Analysis, iii) test procedure to qualify the components. 

The strength of the material is analysed in finite element packages, namely Ansys and Solidworks and the maximum load cases are modeled in hydrodynamic software, namely Orcaflex to simulate the dynamics of the JAVELIN anchor for several sea state, soil resistance and mooring configurations, taking into account the coupled dynamics between wind turbine, floater and mooring systems.

The evaluation of the developed technology produces robust scenarios for deployment in large scale floating offshore wind installations.