This research proposal is to seed-corn the development of an optimised shape of a floating offshore platform to reduce mooring loads. The use of hydrofoil will be explored. Promising numerical study has been done through a sponsored design and recent MSc project. In order to explore this concept further, experimental study is proposed. The objectives of this project are

  1. Investigate the hydrodynamic performance of various shape of hydrofoil at high Reynolds numbers under different wave conditions;
  2. Analysis of the configuration of the hydrofoil influences the thrust/drag generation.
  3. Compare the result with numerical simulation and conduct the feasibility study.

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