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Understanding and optimisation of bubblescreens in offshore wind sector installations

AuthorsLinda Kemp
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 133
DateApr 8, 2022
Reading time6 minutes
During model tests, MARIN has gained new experiences and insights into the hydrodynamics of bubbles within
the Bubbles JIP. Ultimately, the research will lead to improvements in bubble screens deployed offshore.

A consortium of research institutes and industry partners involved in the offshore wind sector started the Bubbles JIP in 2019. The aim of the JIP is to achieve more efficient and effective use of bubble curtains deployed for noise mitigation in offshore installation projects by improved engineering of the bubble screen. Within the JIP, MARIN is involved in the laboratory tests and modelling of the hydrodynamics of the bubble curtain.

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During model tests, MARIN has gained new experiences and insights into the hydrodynamics of bubbles within the Bubbles JIP

Bubble curtain in the Offshore Basin (photos GROW)

The double bubble keeping sea life out of trouble

Listen to the GROW podcast in which Linda Kemp shows how bubbles can prevent wind turbine installation noise that harms sea life.
Hydrodynamic measurement system operating in bubble curtain