|Design Optimisation in Offshore Engineering
||Introduction to optimization. Unconstrained optimization. Constrained optimization. Genetic algorithms – I. Genetic algorithms – II. Optimization applications. Metamodelling. Artificial neural networks. Kriging and radial basis function networks. Metamodelling applications. Design problem setup. Case study I. Case study II. Project presentation.
|Environmental Aspects of Offshore Activities
||General introduction to oil and gas industry, dredging, drilling and production activities. Typical discharges of dredging, drilling and production activities. Hazardous substances. Oilfield chemicals. Produced water and its major components. Environmental effects of dredging, drilling and production activities. Effects of resuspended sediments. Beneficial uses of produced water. Environmental fate of produced water discharges. Sampling and analysis techniques for produced water, sediment and biota. Data assessment and interpretation. Guidelines for offshore chemical selection. Assessment the impact of chemical discharges. Offshore models used for hazard and risk assessment (e.g. the CHARM – Chemical Hazard Assessment and Risk Management model).
|Offshore Wind Farm Design
||Introduction to wind energy. Design considerations. Offshore wind climate. Waves, currents and combined statistics. Foundations. Loads, dynamics and structural design. Installation. Wind farm aspects. Operation and maintenance.
|Oil Pollution, Control and Cleanup Techniques
||Types of Oil and their properties, Behavior of Oil in the Environment, Effects of Oil Pollution on the environment, Analysis, Detection, and Remote Sensing of Oil Pollution, Containment on Water, Oil Recovery on Water, Separation, Pumping, Decontamination and Disposal, Spill-Treating Agents ( Dispersants etc), In-Situ Burning, Shoreline Cleanup and Restoration / Bioremediation, Nanotechnology-based solutions for oil spills, Worldwide Analysis of Marine Oil Spill Cleanup Cost Factors.
|Marine Corrosion and Corrosion Control
||Scope and language of marine corrosion, Basics of corrosion, Corrosion types, Corrosion in different environments. Protection against corrosion, Correct selection of materials, Constructional design to reduce corrosion, Using paints and coatings, Using sacrificial anodes, Corrosion inhibitors, Surface preparation and application equipment, Coatings, Testing and Inspection, Design and Failure Analysis.
|Advanced Underwater Acoustics
||Uses of sound in the ocean, acoustical wave equation, sound pressure levels, volumetric absorption, sound speed calculations, Sonar design, Fourier transforms and directivity, ray theory, underwater noise, sources of noise in ships