Supergen ORE Poster Prize for Dr Ed Mackay
Dr Ed Mackay
, a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, was awarded first prize at the Supergen Early Career Research Forum, held at the University of Plymouth on 21st
January 2019. The award was for his research poster, titled “The use of porous materials for motion damping of floating offshore wind turbines”. The poster described the development and validation of a novel boundary element method for modelling wave loads on offshore structures with porous elements, together with initial design studies on the effect of including a porous outer layer on platforms for floating wind turbines. Initial results indicated that a significant reduction in the motions of the platform could be achieved, which has the potential to improve energy capture and reduce fatigue damage.