Suitable for engineers working or wishing to work in the offshore renewable energy (wind, wave and tidal energy) and traditional offshore industry, this course will provide a theoretical and applied understanding of fluid mechanics and fluid loading on structures, and how to use it to design the offshore wind turbine foundations. 

You will be introduced to the principles of fluid dynamics, dynamics of floating bodies: from simple hydrostatics to complex dynamic response in waves, to the design procedure for monopiles for offshore wind turbine foundations.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration6 hours over 3 days
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£250 Concessions available

Course structure

The course is delivered online over 3 days, 2 hours per day

What you will learn

This course will explain how wind, tides and waves are formed, and the factors that influence their distribution and predictability. It will evaluate the principal concepts and methods of fluid mechanics, fundamental equations for fluid behaviours, characterisation of flow structures and forces and moments acting on structures.

It will also include a case study for designing offshore wind turbine foundations.

Core content

Principles of fluid dynamics

  • Properties of fluids: Control volumes & fluid elements, Continuity, Momentum & Energy equations, stream function & velocity potential, Bernoulli’s equation,
  • Flow structures: Boundary layer theory, laminar & turbulent flow, steady & unsteady flow, flow breakdown & separations, vortex formation & stability,
  • Lifting flows: Circulation theory, Prandtl’s lifting-line theory, sources of drag, aerofoil characteristics,
  • Continuum, Navier-Stokes equations, compressible flow, multiphase flow,
  • Fluid loading on horizontal and vertical axis turbines, Blade Element Momentum theory.

Dynamics of floating bodies: from simple hydrostatics to complex dynamic response in waves

  • Ocean Waves Theory and Fluid loading on fixed offshore structures: The Added Mass Concept, Froude Krylov Force, Linear wave theory, Wave loading (Diffraction Theory & Morison Equation),
  • Hydrostatics of floating structures; Buoyancy Forces and Stability, Initial stability, The wall sided formula and large angle stability, Stability losses, The Pressure Integration Technique,
  • Dynamics response of floating structures in waves: dynamic response analysis, application to floating bodies, effect of moorings.

Case study for design of monopiles for offshore wind turbine foundations

  • Wind and Wave load calculation,
  • System response calculation,
  • Design procedure,
  • Environmental conditions.

Who should attend

  • Design engineers,
  • Test engineers,
  • Mechanical engineers,
  • Offshore engineers.


Dr Liang Yang


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