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MAR8181 : Dynamics of Offshore Fixed and Floating Foundations

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Narakorn Srinil
  • Lecturer: Professor Zhiqiang Hu
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce the basic design concepts for offshore fixed and floating foundations/platforms.
To provide fundamental knowledge to understand key factors influencing the dynamic behaviours of offshore fixed and floating foundations.
To develop computational skills to predict the dynamic motion and structural response of offshore fixed and floating foundations.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus comprises:
-       Environmental conditions.
-       Single- and multi-degree-of-freedom systems for offshore foundations under waves.
-       Dynamic seakeeping analysis of floating platforms.
- The learning will be formatively assessed with exercise and/or tutorials for each topic, and will involve the analysis calculation and/or description of theories for waves, hydrodynamic force predictions on single and multi-degree of freedom platform systems and associated static/dynamic analyses.
- There will be a number of tutorials and practice of calculation tests.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lecture and Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading621:0062:00Examination Preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study112:0012:00Calculation Practice on Examples
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture notes, lecture videos and reading materials given out on Canvas together will familiarise students with the concepts of environmental conditions and loading, and dynamics of fixed and floating foundation analyses (IKO1-IKO4). Lectures will formalise learning related to the fundamental subjects of structural dynamics subject to environmental hydrodynamic and operational loading (ISO1-ISO4).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202M1002 hour written exam
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MClass test to take place during tutorial session
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A class test provides a practice for students to solve a problem within a limited given time. The examination provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific, cognitive, and key skills. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within the syllabus (IKO1-IKO4; ISO1-ISO4).

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