In recent years, due to the increasing energy demand and fast development of technology, huge and highly integrated marine systems for offshore drilling, production, storage, loading and offloading have been developed to achieve low cost and high efficiency to meet the market requirements. At the same time, the gradual depletion of traditional fossil fuels motivates the growth of new energy solutions in the ocean, which also requires the development of various types of marine structures for energy harvesting. However, reliably quantifying the risk associated with offshore operations remains a major challenge for the marine industry, especially in the design of complex offshore systems involving multiple floating bodies in close proximity when the water wave resonance occurs. In this project, the student can choose to work on any of the following four important aspects arising in the design of such complex marine systems to formulate the novelty of the project: nonlinear effect; extreme sea condition; resonance phenomenon and viscous dissipation. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work in an excellent research group with a long record of accomplishment in delivering outstanding research in marine hydrodynamics and computational fluid dynamics.
Aims and objectives
This project aims at the development of an advanced nonlinear potential flow model in the time domain to study the hydrodynamic characteristics of water wave interaction with three-dimensional complex marine systems in extreme wave conditions. This numerical model can be an efficient and reliable tool to aid the design for the realistic ocean environment during marine operations, and create new understandings of the hydrodynamic performance of offshore engineering structures and ocean energy extracting devices.
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