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Our mission is to undertake research of international excellence in the field of coastal and ocean dynamics and engineering by providing a focus for fundamental and applied research, research training, and technical service support for coastal agencies and industries.

Within the COAST Research Group we carry out both fundamental and applied research. Members of the Group are leaders in their respective fields and are engaged extensively in EPSRC, NERC and European research programmes, as well as projects funded by UK Government Departments and Agencies.

Current research projects, please follow the links below:


Extreme Responses using NewWave – Forces, Overtopping and Runup in Coastal Engineering. The ENFORCE project aims to investigate the coastal response to an extreme wave event, where the extreme event is modelled as a focused wave. The coastal response may be the extent of wave runup on an idealised beach . <more>

Physical modelling of a wave energy converter in collaboration with Sea Energy Associates Ltd. Wave energy converters (WECs) transform the kinetic energy of sea waves into a more useful form.  Often the kinetic energy is used to drive a turbine to generate electricity.  Currently, there are many different types of WEC in development, each with a different operating principle. <more>

THESEUS Project. The THESEUS project is one of the largest EU funded project to date (€6,350,000) involving 31 partner institutes from predominantly European countries. The THESEUS consortium brings together expertise in the fields of engineering, ecology, social science and economics, meteorology and climate change and GIS. <more> 

Waves, currents and sediment transport modelling at the Wave Hub site. The Wave Hub project is a large scale demonstration site for the development of the operation of arrays of wave energy generation devices located at the southwest coast of the UK where multiple field measurements took place.<more>


FROTH - Fundamentals and Reliability of Offshore Structure Hydrodynamics. The FROTH project is a close collaboration between five universities in the UK working together to combine and apply their expertise to different aspects of the problem.The aim is to investigate the physics of hydrodynamic impact loading through a carefully integrated programme of numerical modelling and physical experiments at large scale. <more>

​L&R – A Zonal CFD Approach for Fully Nonlinear Simulations of Two Vessels in Launch and Recovery Operations. The L&R project is a close collaboration between four universities in the UK working together to combine and apply their expertise to different aspects of the problem. The proposal brings together Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) specialists and experimentalists to develop a novel non-linear wave structure interaction CFD model validated by a complementary laboratory programme for a fast and accurate prediction of motion of two bodies in close proximity in high sea states.   <more>

X-MED: Extreme Loading of Marine Energy Devices due to Waves, Currents, Flotsam and Mammal Impact. The X-MED project involves a consortium of the Universities of Manchester, Edinburgh and Plymouth and the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS). Extreme loads on tidal turbines and floating bodies representative of wave energy devices are being researched. <more>

The hydrodynamics of deformable flexible fabric structures for wave energy conversion. A significant drawback of wave energy converters acting as heaving point absorbers is the mismatch between the typical wave period and the natural period. Control systems may be used in order to modify the motion response to suit the wave climate. <more> 

SOWFIA Project. The SOWFIA project is a three year Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) funded project which brings together ten partners from across Europe who share an interest in planning for wave farm developments. <more>

Impact of marine energy converters. Knowledge of the wave farms impacts is the basis for the development of the different types of marine energy devices required for any project. In the case of wave energy devices, there is a lack of understanding concerning the impacts on the coast. <more>

A three-dimensional flow model for different cross-section high velocity channels. This study is aimed to extent CFD theory as used in numerical research useful in developing better designs for high velocity channels. It uses CFD with HPC in order to avoid the drawbacks of scale effects. <more>

Wave impact on rock lighthouses. Determination of the load and structural response of lighthouses structures is necessary to ensure future survival as they are important for both navigation safety and as historic buildings. <more>

Survivability of Wave Energy Converter and Mooring coupled system. Mooring design technology has a considerable history and is well established in the offshore industry. However, there are significant differences between mooring systems for conventional floating offshore structures <more>

Modelling and control of an oscillating water column wave energy converter. Oscillating water column wave energy converters (OWC-WECs) are being investigated by many researchers in the group. This project looks at how control engineering techniques can be used to increase the energy yield of such a device. <more>

Hydrodynamics and Optimisation of a Wave Power Device. The research includes the study of the mechanism of power capture from sea waves and the performance of the Floating Clam, patented by Francis Farley. <more>

The wave energy shadow cast by an offshore wave energy converter array. An overtopping type WEC device extracts energy from the system waves by capturing a volume of water with a positive potential energy. This will create a sharp gradient in the surface elevation along the geometrical shadow line of the device, thus inducing the diffraction effect. <more>

An evaluation of a new hybrid wave and wind energy converter. My research is about to analyse the possibilities of combining wave and offshore wind energy converters. Bring together these two marine renewable energies, means the study of different options. <more>

Integrated numerical Modelling system for Marine Renewable Energy. In this project, a full numerical model of a wave tank will be developed that incorporates the wave makers, raisable floor, curved beach as well as pumps and ducting for the recirculating currents. <more>