Dr Maurizio Collu


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Reader in Offshore Renewable Energy Systems, and I joined the NAOME Department of the University of Strathclyde in August 2018. My area of expertise is applied mechanics, focusing in particular on multidisciplinary, coupled model of dynamics for offshore renewable energy systems. I apply this expertise to develop conceptual and preliminary design methodologies for offshore renewable energy systems.

I am currently the Principal Investigator of one of the five EPSRC Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable Energy flagship projects, the 3 years, £ 0.8m project INNO-MPP  (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/R007497/1). With my research group, we are focusing on the development of multi-purpose offshore platforms for the sustainable development of small/isolated communities, exploiting the synergies among offshore renewable energy and aquaculture industries.

I am also Work Package leader in the 3.5 years, € 10m EU H2020 project “The Blue Growth Farm” (http://www.thebluegrowthfarm.eu/) (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/216067_en.html), focusing on the development and demonstration of an automated, modular and environmentally friendly multi-functional platform for open sea farm installations of the Blue Growth Industry. In this project, I am in charge of the development of a multidisciplinary, coupled model of dynamics of this multi-purpose platform.

Furthermore, I am a Co-Investigator and Work Package leader in a prestigious 3 years, 3 m£ EPSRC project  HOME-Offshore (http://homeoffshore.org/), which focuses on merging Artificial Intelligence, Robotic inspection and Advanced Physics Modelling to lower the cost of offshore wind farm maintenance.

I sit on several international committees, including the ITTC Specialist Committee on Hydrodynamic Modelling of Marine Renewable Energy Devices and the OMAE Ocean Renewable Energy technical committee.

In the past, I had been the Principal Investigator on an Innovate UK project, focusing on the conceptual and preliminary design of a novel floating support structure for tidal turbines (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/P510348/1). I also led the conceptual design of the floating support structure in the £2.8m ETI funded project NOVA (https://www.eti.co.uk/programmes/offshore-wind/nova), and as work package leader I led the development of a coupled model of dynamics for a hybrid wind-wave offshore floating system in the EU FP7 project H2Ocean (http://www.h2ocean-project.eu/).

I am also leading the conceptual and preliminary design of aerodynamically alleviated marine vehicles (AAMV), an area of research initiated with my PhD, and for which I have been awarded the prestigious RINA “Calder Prize”. The work has been published in the Royal Society Proc A journal (doi:10.1098/rspa.2009.0459), and it also led to a patented novel trim control mechanism for high speed marine vehicles (Patent GB2472266).


Modeling small scale impacts of multi-purpose platforms : an ecosystem approach
Serpetti Natalia, Benjamins Steven, Brain Steview, Collu Maurizio, Harvey Bethany J, Heymans Johanna J, Hughes Adam D, Risch Denise, Rosinski Sophia, Waggitt James J, Wilson Ben
Frontiers in Marine Science Vol 8 (2021)
Scaling strategies for multi-purpose floating structures physical modeling : state of art and new perspectives
Ruzzo Carlo, Muggiasca Sara, Malara Giovanni, Taruffi Federico, Belloli Marco, Collu Maurizio, Li Liang, Brizzi Giulio, Arena Felice
Applied Ocean Research Vol 108 (2021)
Development of a framework for wind turbine design and optimization
Leimeister Mareike, Kolios Athanasios, Collu Maurizio
Modelling Vol 2, pp. 105-128 (2021)
Analysis of tripod supported offshore wind turbines under conditions of marine growth
Arcigni Francesco, Abhinav KA, Collu Maurizio, Venturini Mauro
Ocean Engineering Vol 220 (2021)
Analysis of the effect of a series of back twist blade configurations for an active pitch-to-stall floating offshore wind turbine
Ward Dawn, Collu Maurizio, Sumner Joy
Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Vol 142 (2020)
Analysis of the coupled dynamic response of an offshore floating multi-purpose platform for the blue economy
Li Liang, Ruzzo Carlo, Collu Maurizio, Gao Yan, Failla Giuseppe, Arena Felice
Ocean Engineering Vol 217 (2020)

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Professional activities

9th International Conference on Computational Methods in Marine Engineering
Final UK China Joint Offshore Renewable Energy Conference

More professional activities


Stinger Keel Floating Wind Foundation UK Concept Development
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Blue cradle: an integrated reef and breakwater system that protects the coastline and restore the marine ecology (International Exchanges 2020 Cost Share NSFC)
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator) Jia, Laibing (Co-investigator) Li, Liang (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2023
Coupled aero-hydro-elastic analysis of next-generation very large multi-purpose offshore floating platforms for blue economy
Li, Liang (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2023
Offshore Energy: from Oil & Gas to Renewable
Coraddu, Andrea (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator)
Short-Course open for participants (via onine shop) delivered in collaboration
01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2022
Industrial Case Account - University of Strathclyde 2020 | Saeed, Kaiser
McMillan, David (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Saeed, Kaiser (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
REMS | OJO, Adebayo
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Coraddu, Andrea (Co-investigator) OJO, Adebayo (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023

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Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
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