Centre for Energy

Marine and Subsea

Deep sea environments can be very harsh and pose many challenges to both fixed and floating structures such as offshore oil rigs.

One of the greatest challenges in building structures that can survive these conditions is the different loads that the structures experience during installation as they are lowered to the sea floor. 

UWA researchers are investigating dynamic lifting factors to determine safer practices for subsea installations and the development of installation vessels.  We also study the structural fatigue from ocean currents, called vortex-induced motions, to improve designs

Research areas

  • Marine engineering
  • Subsea installation and technology
  • Offshore structures
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Experimental methods
  • Asset integrity and management
  • Reliability engineering