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Unit Overview


This unit provides an overview of the design of typical offshore energy facilities, such as oil and gas platforms, wind turbines, wave energy converters, floating solar, hydrogen, aquaculture, etc. The practical implementation involves commercial energy market context in Australia and world widely. The academic objectives of this unit are to understand metocean engineering, hydrodynamic analysis, fluid-structure interactions, design philosophy for offshore energy infrastructures.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe various types of offshore energy facilities; (2) analyse metocean data and calculate wave, wind, current loads on offshore structures; (3) design structural members; (4) analyse and describe the main steps in fabrication and installation of offshore facilities; (5) transform offshore technology to offshore renewables; (6) design of floating systems including floater, mooring lines, risers; and (7) demonstrate competence in the design of offshore energy facilities and professional report writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessment; (2) design assignments; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Wenhua Zhao
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and GENG2004 Solid Mechanics and ( GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
or GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
Advisable prior study
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
or GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
or ENSC3010 Hydraulics
or GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
or GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
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