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Physical model testing for offshore renewables

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

This course addresses laboratory-based testing and field trials for assessment of performance and survivability, instrumentation technologies, data acquisition and analysis of Uncertainty and experiment design, in the context of a highly time- and cost-limited campaigns. The course will include lectures, hands-on demonstrations and mini-projects, taking full advantage of the range of internationally leading facilities available within the consortium.

The objectives are to provide students with:

1. knowledge and understanding of the different types of laboratories which may be used for offshore renewables testing.

2. understanding on the different scaling laws which may apply from lab-scale or intermediate-scale field-trials to full scale

3 knowledge on the basic approaches to data analysis and be able to estimate the levels of uncertainty of their measurements.

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
BLANCO ILZARBE, JESUS MARIAUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado Titular De UniversidadDoctorNot bilingualFluid
EGUIA LOPEZ, PABLOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorNot bilingualElectrical
MARTINEZ DE ALEGRIA MANCISIDOR, IÑIGOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualElectronic


understand different types of laboratories used in renewables testing (and instrumentation technologies)35.0 %
Understanding of scaling laws35.0 %
Be aware of techniques to choose efficient set of tests30.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied classroom-based groups62430
Applied laboratory-based groups12012

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Classroom/Seminar/Workshop20.0100 %
Expositive classes12.0100 %
Laboratory/Field12.0100 %
Reading and practical analysis24.00 %
Solving practical cases6.0100 %
Systematised study51.00 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Drawing up reports and presentations10.0 % 30.0 %
Writing up the teamwork70.0 % 90.0 %


Lesson 1 Lab testing: device testing in wave tanks, towing tanks, flumes, and wind tunnels; similarity, extrapolation to full scale, and particular scaling challenges for lab testing of marine renewable devices; material and structural testing of components; experiment design. Guidelines and standards.

Lesson 2 Field Trials: environmental monitoring, instrumentation and data transfer challenges, site selection and choice of scale.

Lesson 3 Instrumentation: measurement of fluid velocity, water surface elevation, pressure, force, displacement, velocity and acceleration, non-intrusive measurement techniques including PIV, LDA, and motion capture, and ultrasonics; measures of performance linearity and repeatability, calibration.

Lesson 4 Data acquisition and analysis: data sampling, filtering, processing, statistical analysis; sources of uncertainty, bias and precision, accumulation of uncertainty.


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Literature and guidelines will be provided to register students on Myplace.

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