Oil and gas drilling platform

Naval architecture, ocean & marine engineeringOil & gas

Our research supports the offshore oil & gas industry in addressing the key challenges of today and the future. We have considerable expertise in the technologies and processes required for the effective management of asset integrity that directly address the industry’s key business drivers of continuously improving safety and environmental performance, reducing costs (capex and opex) and increasing production efficiency.

Research areas

Our research areas include: 

  • Design & dynamics of fixed & floating offshore platforms
  • Vortex-induced vibration
  • Vortex induced motion in risers and pipelines
  • Fatigue & fracture analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computational structure dynamics
  • Operations & maintenance modelling
  • Logistics & management
  • Safety & reliability
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Decommissioning 

Our researchers work extensively with a wide range of companies from the offshore oil & gas industry and have a track record in delivering innovative and applicable solutions, tools and outputs.


The Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Fluid-Structure Dynamics in Offshore Oil & Gas, Renewable & Marine Technology (FORMAT) will focus on training the next generation of researchers with expert knowledge in the rapidly growing computational fluid dynamics industry.

Our facilities

The Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory (KHL) has a wide range of capabilities in relation to model testing for the offshore oil & gas industry.

Find out more about the Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory capabilities.

Our researchers

We have a thriving research community of world leading experts and developing research students whose capabilities span our four research themes.

Example research projects: 

  • Dr Erkan Oterkus is conducting fatigue analysis of offshore structures
  • Dr Mahdi Khorasanchi is looking at how to suppress vortex induced vibrations on marine risers
  • Dr Julia Race is working on carbon dioxide transportation for carbon capture and storage
  • Dr Iraklis Lazakis examines the operations and maintenance aspects of offshore systems

Contact us

Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering

Henry Dyer Building
100 Montrose Street
G4 0LZ

+44 (0) 141 548 4094