RR250 - Active pendulation control system (APCS)
The uncontrolled pendulation motions of crane loads during
offshore lifting operations not only present hazard to personnel
and equipment but are also one of the key factors in limiting the
operational efficiency of many offshore activities. This problem
has been 'tolerated' for decades simply for the lack of a
A research team at the University of Strathclyde has developed a
feasible solution called Active Pendulation Control System (APCS),
and so far has been able to show its effectiveness in model scale
and in prototype trials. This set of reports describes the work
carried out so far on this concept and discusses its potential
Two main projects have been undertaken: one aiming to establish
the technical feasibility of the concept mainly through model test
and the other attempting to demonstrate its feasibility in full
scale prototype. The work undertaken during these projects are
outlined and the key results are presented.
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