Numerical and experimental analysis of port infrastructures
Physical and numerical modeling of the stability and functionality of seawalls
Structural and functional design of seawalls and berthing and mooring structures using deterministic and probabilistic techniques
Analysis of unique and non-conventional structures using experimental and numerical techniques
Adaptation and remodeling of port infrastructures due to changes in their use or due to changes in climatic agents
Analysis of the vulnerability of port infrastructures to climate change and climate variability
Drafting of proposals to improve and optimize port infrastructures
Analysis of the resilience of port infrastructures to climate variability
Development of operational systems for building seawalls
IHCantabria has carried out projects as part of national and international competitive tenders, as well as transfer projects and specialized consulting for leading companies in the sector in an international port environment.
Nationally, IHCantabria collaborates actively with national entities, such as the State Public Ports Authority (EPPE), to manage port infrastructures, and directly with port authorities, for which it develops innovative projects such as SAMOA, for EPPE, and SAFEPORT, for the Bahia de Algeciras Port Authority. It also provides solutions for regional port management entities such as Puertos de Cantabria, Ports of the Generalitat, Ports of Illes Balears, Puertos Canarias, Portos de Galiza and others, either directly with them or through partnerships with companies.
Internationally, IHCantabria collaborates with national and international companies, assisting in the design and construction of unique facilities such as the ports of San Antonio in Chile, Aberdeen in Scotland and Açu in Brazil.
Finally, IHCantabria is actively involved in expert commissions such as the Recommendations for Maritime Projects (ROM), sponsored by the EPPE and which provides a practical guide for the design and management of infrastructures, as well as in different working groups associated with the International Association of Navigation (PIANC).
2D PHYSICAL MODEL TEST OF DIQUE CALA RAJADA (MALLORCA). UTE E3 – MARCIGLOB CALA RAJADA
The main objective of this project was to carry out tests in a 2D physical model to analyze the stability and functionality of two new designs to improve the breakwater at the marina of Cala Rajada on the island of Mallorca.
The proposed designs aim to improve the general behavior of the protective structure, since the breakwater currently exhibits various functionality and stability problems at its main jetty due to the presence of: structural damage; shifting components in the main layer of the jetty due to the effects of storms; and extreme overflow events, as well as operational problems due to internal agitation.
STUDY TO REDUCE AGITATION AT THE SPORTS MARINA OF THE PORT OF SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA BY USING A GATE THAT COMPLETELY CLOSES THE ACCESS TO THE PORT. PORT AUTHORITY of SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE
The objective of this project was to analyze the installation of a gate that would completely close the access to the sports marina at the Port of Santa Cruz de La Palma (Canary Islands) to prevent agitation. To do this, a detailed study of the basin was conducted using three-dimensional CFD numerical modeling (IHFOAM) for conditions with and without a gate. In order to obtain the time series at the entrance to the port, which were used as input to the CFD model, the propagation of a selection of representative hourly sea states was first determined using a Boussinesq type numerical model. From those sea states, those that yielded inoperative conditions in the no-gate condition were selected for simulation in the IHFOAM model. Likewise, and given that the seawall that separates the commercial harbor from the sports marina is permeable, a two-dimensional CFD numerical model of this seawall was done prior to the 3D simulation.
2D PHYSICAL TSUNAMI MODELING. ARTELIA Eau et Environnement, S.A.S.
The goal of the project was to build a 2D physical model in a wave tank to study the stability of a dike to protect a nuclear power plant in Turkey against tsunami events.
The challenge of this project was the ad-hoc creation of a unique tsunami generation system capable of recreating the tsunami conditions proposed by the client, since it would have been impossible to conduct this study using conventional systems for generating tsunamis (pumps or pushers).
MARINE CLIMATE ANALYSIS, SEDIMENT TRANSPORT ANALYSIS AND HYDRAULIC ANALYSIS OF THE INTAKE SYSTEM OF THE COMBINED CYCLE THERMAL POWER PLANT IN JAMAICA. IMPULSO INDUSTRIAL ALTERNATIVO, SA
This project involves doing a hydrodynamic analysis using three-dimensional numerical modeling of the intake system and the pumping chamber of the cooling system of the Old Harbour Bay power plant, located on Jamaica’s south coast.
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JAVIER LÓPEZ LARA
Port Management and Engineering Group Head || Port Infrastructures Expert
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