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