Modelling to prevent extreme weather disasters

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

07 February 2017


Severe weather events such as cyclones or hurricanes are more common in open waters, inducing wind velocities of up to 130 knots and creating waves up to 30 meters high.

At the Australian Maritime College, a research project on predicting the loads and motions on floating structures in extreme wave conditions has just successfully concluded.

Over 100 staff members are responsible for educating students, conducting research projects or providing consultancy for a variety of maritime projects.

“We’ve conducted many studies using computational fluid dynamics in conjunction with model-scale testing to investigate forces, motions and interaction effects of ship or maritime structures in waves,” said Dr Max Haase, a consultant with AMC’s commercial arm, AMC Search.

Typical applications include floating offshore storage and production (FSPO) facilities, floating liquid gas (FLNG) units, tug-ship and ship-ship interaction in a confined port environment.

Dr Haase is responsible for the commercial implementation of numerical simulation techniques. He explains its value.

“We validate our numerical models in our experimental facilities, but only numerically can we run a large number of design variations and different test conditions in a time and cost effective way. This makes numerical modelling very attractive for the Australian and international maritime industry.”