Ocean and Coastal Engineering

Ocean and Coastal Engineering Research Group

Ocean and Coastal Engineering Research Group

Head of research group: Thomas Lykke Andersen

Our research

"We conduct research within the field of ocean waves and hydrodynamic modelling, with particular focus on marine renewables and coastal structures. 

Our research is primarily carried out through externally funded collaborative projects, involving both private and public organizations, and our teaching is primarily aimed at master level courses within civil engineering and PhD courses within its primary field of research."

Some of our research topics: 

  • Numerical and experimental modelling and design of coastal and harbor structures, with specific focus on breakwaters.
  • Numerical and experimental hydrodynamic modelling and design of (arrays of) wave energy converters and floating wind turbines.
  • Power performance assessment, control optimization and evaluation of levelized cost of energy for wave energy converters
  • Real sea testing of wave energy converters and floating wind turbines.
  • Measurements, analysis and forecasting of ocean waves.
  • Design, analysis and optimization of moorings for floating structures exposed to waves.
  • Development and commercialization of software packages for wave laboratory equipment and wave generation systems.

PhD courses

We offer a number of PhD courses (listed when available in AAU Moodle > The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science > Civil Engineering)

Eaxmples of previous PhD courses topics: 

  • Numerical and experimental modelling and control of Wave Energy Converters 
  • Generation and Analysis of Waves in Physical Models

Software for wave laboratories

We develop software for wave generation and analysis for use in wave laboratories. Among others, we have developed AwaSys (wave generation software), which is used in more than 50 laboratories worldwide, and WaveLab (wave analysis software), which is used in more than 30 laboratories worldwide.  

Learn more about software for wave generation and analysis.

About the research group
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