Structural design and considerations of steel modularized and transportable substations

Ruelcke, Chris (2021) Structural design and considerations of steel modularized and transportable substations. [USQ Project]

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A substation is a critical piece of infrastructure, acting as a connection point between the high voltage transmission network and the electrical generators. Large loads of low voltage and medium voltage make up the distribution networks to distribute the power required for critical infrastructure.

The requirement for energy is increasing exponentially and subsequently the demand for electrical infrastructure is trailing behind market expectations. The construction of a substation in remote locations, can be challenging driven by the site’s terrain, manpower, scarceness of resources and project budgets.

This dissertation develops a solution by justifying that substations can be fabricated offsite in areas with skilled personal, tested, and delivered to remote locations within Australia. The main objective is to present the development of structural guidelines, design and construction methodology for a steel Modularised Transportable Substation (MTS) building for any application within Australia.

Contained within is a detailed engineering literature review detailing the development and consideration of standards and transportation guidelines applicable for an MTS Building. A case study is nominated to meet an application which could be applied and service most locations within Australia. The case study closely examines the environmental conditions, weights, load factors and deflections suitable for considering in the design of an MTS building, while providing the necessary methodology to analyse a complex building to the upper limits.

The construction of the MTS Building can occur in parallel with activities occurring in remote sites. The concept of an MTS construction occurring offsite allows more flexibility for project schedules and expands options for a more competitive solution with the ability to tender the fabrication to a wider selection of venders. This case study explores the complete design phases from fabrication, land transportation, sea transportation, lifting and final commissioning of the building at site. This dissertation analyses all key architectural and structural elements that are required to meet a robust design to Australia’s harshest conditions.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Heravi, Amirhossein
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2023 04:22
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 01:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: substation, electricity, voltage, energy, infrastructure, offsite, fabrication, MTS, Modularised Transportable Substation, environmental conditions, construction

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