Offshore Wind Energy part II

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course addresses selected topics relevant for the utilization of ocean-based energy, with focus on offshore wind energy. The course is a continuation ENERGI321, Offshore Wind Energy, part I. Techniques for numerical generation of wind fields and aerodynamic analysis are discussed. Further, dynamic response of marine structures and extraction of wave energy are addressed. Key topics covered in part II are:

  • Numerical techniques for wind field simulation.
  • Lifting line and lifting surface techniques in aerodynamics.
  • Linear methods for computing dynamics of structures in waves, including principles for extracting wave energy.
  • Dynamics of floating wind turbines exposed to wind and waves, including control issues. 


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has knowledge about

  • the basic principles for how to generate wind fields by numerical methods.
  • lifting line and lifting surface theory for aerodynamic analysis
  • the principles for computing dynamic response of marine structures and extracting wave energy.
  • the basic principles for how to compute loads and dynamics of floating wind turbines.



The student can

  • use a state of art lifting line computational tool.
  • perform dynamic analysis of floating structure exposed to wind and waves.

General competence

The student

  • understands the basic principles state-of-art computational tools for computing loads and power extraction by offshore wind turbines.
  • can ask critical questions to assumptions made and results obtained.

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
MAT212, PHYS113, MAT131 ENERGI310 (part I) is recommended
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to either2-year Master's programme in energy or the the integrated masterprogramme in energy on master level.
Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 4 hours a week over 5- 6 weeks, or during a more condensed period of time. Total approx. 24 lectures.

About six exercises, related to the topics lectured.

A project / group work, including literature review spanning several of the topics lectureded.

Presentation of project /group work

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
All exercises / project work and presentation must be approved. Compulsory project work is valid for 2 subsequent semesters. The project work must be delivered within deadline.
Forms of Assessment
The course uses the following assessment:
  • exercises / project work must be accepted
  • Project work must be delivered within deadline
  • Grading determined based upon written exam (4 hours).
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester
Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department


Normally, referents groups will be used each year.

Examination Support Material
Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations.
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.