Area of Interest

Research activities of the Department of Ocean Engineering fall into the following five areas:

(i) Analysis, design and testing of offshore and nearshore structures

          Design and analysis of fixed and compliant platforms; Design, analysis and testing of port and harbor structures; Cable and mooring line dynamics; Structural model studies and prototype measurements; Integrity monitoring of structures.

(ii) Wave hydrodynamics and coastal processes

          Ocean waves and currents; Fluid loading on rigid bodies; Wave-structure interaction; Wave data from remote sensing; Numerical models for coastal processes; Greenhouse effect; Shoreline-wave-current interaction; Sediment transport; Shore protection etc; CFD applications.

(iii) Dynamics of ships, floating offshore platforms and underwater vehicles

          Dynamics, wave loading, motion stability and response; Model studies in seakeeping, resistance, propulsion and maneuverability of ships and underwater vehicles; Design of ships and underwater vehicles; Model studies of floating platforms; Fluid-Structure interaction and hydroelasticity.

(iv) Materials in marine environment

          Durability of materials in marine environments; Corrosion of steel and steel in concrete; Mineral and chemical admixtures in concrete; Development of high strength and high performance cements and concrete composites; Repair and rehabilitation of port and harbour structures.

(v) Ocean energy

          Synthesis of energy from waves; Ocean thermal energy and its applications; Currents and tidal power; Offshore wind plants.

List of current research areas in the Department

(a) Hydrodynamic behaviour of floating offshore systems such as non-ship shaped FPSO, semisubmersible-articulated tower system, spar type desalination plant, floating offshore wind energy plant, compliant piled towers etc.
(b) Wave wash and passenger comfort of high speed marine vehicles
(c) CFD applications and experimental validation in ship powering, propulsion and seakeeping
(d) Experimental studies and CFD applications in underwater vehicles including drag reduction
(e) Experimental and CFD studies of water impact dynamics of freely falling body
(f) Numerical algorithms for automatic control of ships
(g) Acoustic propagation in ocean waveguides by numerical methods
(h) System identification for nonlinear problems in ocean engineering
(i) Numerical wave modeling for forecasting and data assimilation algorithms
(j) Marine instrumentation
(k) Numerical solution of potential flow problems in wave-floating body and wave-marine vehicle interactions