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SPG8026 : Renewable Energy: Marine Energy Structures and Devices

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

A1: To introduce and develop the design concepts for fixed and floating offshore renewable energy systems, umbilicals and risers
A2: To provide the knowledge required to understand the factors influencing the dynamic behaviour of fixed and floating offshore platforms, umbilicals, risers and subsea pipelines
A3: To introduce wave and tidal energy devices including device design, energy conversion mechanisms and issues related to device installation.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Metocean Issues: Introduction to wave theories and their influence on offshore operations including:
• wave, wind and current force predictions,
• sea states and regular and irregular wave analysis
2. Hydrodynamic Analysis: Study of the application of hydrodynamic principles to offshore and subsea structures including :
• the analysis of single and multi-degree of freedom systems;
• use of rigid-body equations of single and multi-body systems;
• the study of natural frequencies and vortex shedding and vortex induced vibration in pipelines and riser systems;
• the prediction of the dynamic motion and structural response of fixed and floating offshore structures;
• hydro-elastic response analysis;
• influence of floating installation motions on riser behaviour.
3. Marine renewable energy devices: Introduction to wave and tidal energy devices
• Analysis of wave and tidal energy resources;
• Energy conversion mechanisms and design aspects of wave energy devices;
• Design and operation of tidal barrage and lagoon systems;
• Energy conversion mechanisms and design aspects of tidal stream devices;
• Environmental impact issues associated with wave and tidal energy systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00Coursework.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Examination revision.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading136:0036:00Consolidating lecture notes and further reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Directed study and the formal lectures will provide an effective method for students to assimilate the knowledge content, define the scope of the syllabus topics and attain the required knowledge and skill outcomes (ISO1-4). The directed study allows students to work through material at their own pace allowing them to develop an in-depth understanding of the material (IKO1-5).
A visit to test facilities supports their awareness of the role of these in the design process.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202M40N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M6021 hours
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject. The exam also assesses problem solving skills, the ability to work unaided and to communicate clearly and concisely in writing.
The coursework assignment provides students with the opportunity to apply the course content in a design context and demonstrate their numerical analysis and information literacy skills. The coursework also assesses written communication skills.
The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in these ways.

Reading Lists

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