Structural Design & Analysis

Structural Design and Analysis is the youngest specialization focusing on mastering and advancing your knowledge when applied for design and analysis of steel and composite floating structures used by the maritime, offshore, dredging and renewable energy industries.

Think here about floating wind structures, tidal energy structures, “Pioneering Spirit” of Allseas, “Prelude” an FLNG of Shell, or the “Sleipnir” a new generation semi-submersible largest crane vessel in the world which is designed for worldwide offshore heavy lifting by HMC. But before these structures can be designed and analysed a lot of new knowledge is needed.

Our team is formed by experts in structural design and analysis of floating structures. We operate and use the Mega-Hexapod – a unique test device capable to reproduce any loading being experienced by structural elements in ship and offshore structures. We enjoy research and education. Most probably you will be directly involved in our research projects and you will graduate with co-supervision of one of our industrial partners. Examples of our recent research are: multiaxial fatigue, structural health monitoring, structural response to sloshing, climate change effects on structural lifetimes, and hydroelastic response of composite propellers. Our new research program is on an ultra-large flexible floating platform supporting solar panels and producing a green fuel.

The past few years we have developed for you several new 5 ECTS courses dedicated to offshore structures:

1.           MT44030 (Q1) - Structural Design and Analysis (Torsional and shear response)

2.           MT44010 (Q2) - Non-metallic materials

3.           MT44085 (Q2) - Buckling & Ultimate Strength

4.           OE44085 (Q4) - Fatigue & Fracture

5.           MT44090 (Q5) - Fluid-Structure Interaction

All this courses include assignments which allow students to apply the knowledge directly. The grades are based on assignment reports to be explained in an oral exam which can be taken outside the exam periods. Hence, no written exams and no stress - just your study time. This allows you for better planning of your study.

The core curriculum for structural design and analysis consists of 5 subjects totaling 25 ECTS. Including this into the offshore core curriculum gives 100 ECTS including the thesis. This leaves 20 ECTS for elective courses. The core structural design and analysis are as follows: