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).


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)
Influence of the mission profile on the lifetime modelling of the wind turbine power converter – a review
Simpson Cameron, Egea Alvarez Agusti, Collu Maurizio
2020 9th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA) International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA), pp. 144-151 (2020)
Development and validation of a coupled numerical model for offshore floating multi-purpose platforms
Li L, Collu M, Gao Y, Ruzzo C, Arena F, Taruffi F, Muggiasca S, Belloli M
4th International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore (2020)

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Professional activities

Final UK China Joint Offshore Renewable Energy Conference

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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
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
Supergen flexible fund: Novel Approaches for Physical Model Testing of Floating Wind Turbine Platforms
Day, Sandy (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Dai, David (Research Co-investigator) Ingram, David (Co-investigator) Hann, Martyn (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2020 - 20-Jan-2021
Final Version : Novel Strategies for Physical Modelling of Wind Loading on Floating Wind Turbines
Day, Sandy (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2020 - 28-Jan-2021

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