Predicting wave motion around moving or flexible structures is a difficult computational task. The difficulty arises from lack of sophisticated approximations used to track the a priori unknown nonlinear air-water and water-structure interfaces. Funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme, the EAGRE project will use Firedrake, a new tool developed by UK-based universities for automating finite-element simulations.
The focus of the study will be on developing new methods to analyse extreme or rogue waves in wave basins and wave-structure interactions on a dynamic wind-turbine mast. Realistically based challenges call for sound mathematical modelling, laboratory testing and cross-validation via computational simulation. Inextricably intertwined, these three approaches are considered the ‘research trinity’ for solving problems in maritime engineering.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 859983.