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Ian Milne

Dr Ian Milne

Research Fellow
Offshore Foundation Systems, Centre for

Contact details
Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
The University of Western Australia (M053)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7051
Dr Milne is a research fellow within the newly established ITRC Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities. His main research is on wave-structure interaction, focussing on developing new methodologies and tools for side-by-side offloading of FLNGs and greenwater loading on FPSOs, via numerical, experimental and field data acquisition. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Auckland which focussed on metocean and hydrodynamic analyses for tidal stream energy. Prior to joining UWA he worked within industry, with roles encompassing R&D and early concept studies for offshore oil and gas facilities.
Key research
Hydrodynamics of FLNG and FPSO vessels, focussing on roll damping, side-by-side offloading, sloshing and greenwater.
Field data acquisition of motions of floating facilities (FPSOs, Drillships)
Metocean analyses using experimental and numerical methods
Turbulence in tidal channels and boundary layers
Unsteady aero/hydrodynamics of wind and tidal turbines and airfoils
J5. Milne, I. A., Delaux, S. and P. J. McComb. 2016. Validation of a predictive tool for the heading of turret-Moored vessels, Ocean Engineering 128.
J4. Milne, I. A., Day, A. H., Sharma, R. N. and Flay, R. G. J. 2016. The characterisation of the hydrodynamic loads on tidal turbines due to turbulence. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 56
J3. Milne, I. A., Day, A. H., Sharma, R. N. and Flay, R. G. J. 2015. Blade loading on tidal turbines for uniform unsteady flow. Renewable Energy 77
J2. Milne, I. A, Day, A. H., Sharma, R. N. and Flay, R. G. J. 2013. Blade loads on tidal turbines in planar oscillatory flow. Ocean Engineering. 60C
J1. Milne, I. A., Sharma, R. N., Flay, R. G. J. and Bickerton, S. 2013. Characteristics of the onset flow turbulence at a tidal-stream power site. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A February 28, 371

C1. Milne, I. A., Sharma, R. N. and Flay, R. G. J. 2016. Observations of turbulence in a strong tidal flow. Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Perth, Australia

Milne, I. A. 2014. An experimental investigation of turbulence and unsteady loading on tidal turbines. PhD Thesis. The University of Auckland
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
International Journal of Marine Energy Editorial Board
20th AFMC Organising Committee and Session Chair
Primary supervisor for Honours projects (RiverLab)
Co-supervisor for PhD theses in unsteady hydrodynamics of pipelines and the application Bayesian statistics to the the prediction of FPSO excursion.
Current projects
ITHR for Offshore Floating Facilities
Woodside FutureLab RiverLab - Testing of a model FPSO in the Swan River
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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