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Recording and analysing measurements from an RTG crane

Harrison, I and Pietrosanti, S and Luque, A and Mayer, R and Holderbaum, W (2018) Recording and analysing measurements from an RTG crane. Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 125. pp. 284-293. ISSN 0263-2241


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The paper presents a bespoke power measurement system that has been designed and implemented on a Rubber Tyre Gantry, RTG crane at the Port of Felixstowe, PoF. The design of a novel system topology which is centred around a Beckhoff computer, as well as the specifications of the various transducers used, is detailed. To complement the hardware installation, a bespoke data analysis tool has also been developed in MATLAB, an overview of its operation and use are presented. The system allows for the characterisation of the cranes’ various motors during operational hours; furthermore, the data collected has been used to verify simulations of RTGs developed as part of the overall PoF project. The measurement system was installed on RTG1 at the port in March 2016.

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