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Postgraduate Course: Materials and Structures for Offshore Renewables (IDCORE) (PGEE11188)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course addresses materials and structural design for offshore renewable energy applications, covering both traditional materials such as steels and newer materials such as fibre reinforced composites. Design, testing and structural health monitoring techniques will span the ranges from micro scale to full scale. The course will include lectures, laboratories and design tutorial sessions as well as a field trip to see industry practise in the fields covered.
Course description Lectures: Structural integrity design and assessment philosophies, fatigue of offshore steel structures, fracture mechanics (LEFM and EPFM), reliability of inspection and monitoring systems, damage assessment, manufacturing of composites, micromechanics, anisotropic elasticity, composite laminated plate theory (CLPT), design principles for offshore floating and fixed-bottom structures, operational and extreme loading analysis, advanced structural analysis, structural health monitoring, design of structural components.

Lab testing: composites manufacturing laboratory, layup and cure of a cross-ply and quasi-isotropic laminates, end-tabbing and extraction of tensile test coupons, tensile testing of coupons.

Tutorials and Software Design Sessions: Variable amplitude corrosion fatigue assessment, LEFM Application, inspection reliability, damage assessment using failure assessment diagram, micromechanics design, composite laminated plate theory design, use of laminate design software, ABAQUS software tutorials and example problems.

Field Trips: Visit to an offshore fabrication yard, a tidal blade fatigue testing facility and/or a composites manufacturing facility.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 36, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Fieldwork Hours 12, Revision Session Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Feedback Tutorials, by email and instructor office visits if practical.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Familiar with contemporary principles and engineering methods applied for the integrity assessment of offshore steel structures
  2. Able to apply best-practice guidelines/standards for the fatigue and fracture assessment of offshore steel structures
  3. Able to design polymer composite materials and structures using micromechanics and composite laminated plate theory
  4. Familiar with composites manufacturing and mechanical test methods for fibre reinforced polymers
  5. Familiar with contemporary principles and current engineering practice for the design and analysis of structural systems (fixed-bottom or floating) for offshore energy production
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Course organiserDr Edward McCarthy
Tel: (0131 6)50 4867
Course secretaryDr Katrina Tait
Tel: (0131 6)51 9023
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