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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the design of offshore structures and moored vessels.

The first part of the unit explores the estimation of the loads and responses of offshore structures due to waves, winds and currents. To form these estimates a range of models, including classical linear potential flow models and non-linear models are introduced.

The second part of the unit presents an introduction to response-based analysis, which enables estimates of the load and/or responses of an offshore structure at a given design return period by taking into account the joint occurrence of wave, wind and currents.

Case studies are presented for a range of offshore applications, such as oil & gas platforms, wind turbines, wave energy converters, floating solar, hydrogen and aquaculture.

The unit also provides examples of numerical modelling, experimental data and field data, describing how each may be used to inform offshore engineering design.

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

Students are able to (1) apply critical thinking to identify important load cases and structural responses for offshore design; (2) apply models to estimate loads on structures and structural response; (3) evaluate the limitations of linear models and the benefits/costs associated with non-linear models to assess loads and responses; (4) apply response-based analysis; (5) appraise how numerical modelling, experimental data and field data may be used to inform engineering design; and (6) demonstrate competence in design of offshore energy facilities and professional report writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assignments; (2) group design project; and (3) final design project. 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
GENG5501 Coastal and Offshore Engineering
CIVL5505 Design of Offshore Energy Facilities
Contact hours
Lectures: 2 x 2 hr lecture per week
Workshop/practical classes: 1 x 2 hr workshop per week
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