Modelling and Simulation

MaREI’s ‘Modelling and Simulation’ capabilities focus on the analysis of the behaviour and responses of marine devices and structures, and are aimed at solving practical problems and challenges in this context. Hydrodynamic and numerical models are fundamental to this process, and directly support subsequent physical testing and design activities outlined under ‘Device Design, Testing & Evaluation’ . The ‘Modelling & Simulation’ team work closely with the ‘Device Design, Testing and Evaluation’ , ‘Power Take-Off’ and ‘Control Systems’ teams to provide a holistic and integrated approach to the optimisation and advancement of MRE Technologies. Applications of these capabilities include the analysis of marine renewable energy devices (wave, tidal, wind), floating platforms, marine structures, moorings, coastal defences, and site characterisation. These capabilities can also be used to examine aspects such as the interaction between multiple devices arranged in arrays, and to simulate wave-current interactions in the context of tidal energy devices. Key ‘Modelling & Simulation’ focus areas comprise:

  • Fundamental research relating to improving MRE conversion
  • Numerical modelling and simulation to support device/structure design
  • Numerical modelling and simulation to support physical testing
  • Mooring system analysis/design
  • ‘Site Characterisation’ and loading conditions

Modelling and simulation activities allow key design parameters to be determined, including maximum loading (dissipation, diffraction, radiation, large motions and structural interaction), and the calculation of power conversion capabilities, providing the basis for control and forecasting algorithms. For more information relating to MaREI’s ‘Modelling & Simulation’ capabilities, please contact one of the team members below.


  • DTOcean – Optimal Design Tool for Ocean Energy Array


  • GeoWAVE – Geotechnical Design Solutions for the Offshore Renewable Wave Energy Industry


MaRINET2 1st Access Call Opening 10th April

MaRINET2 is a network of 39 partners, involving research centres and organisations cooperating to progress offshore renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and offshore-wind.

Floating wind turbine undergoes extreme testing in Irelands' National Ocean Test Facility

Floating wind turbine undergoes extreme testing in Irelands' National Ocean Test Facility

Commissioning of Wave Tanks

The largest wave tank at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility was commissioned for operational use on Monday, April 25th. It was the first time that a 1 m high wave was generated in the tank.

MaREI Awarded Over €4m in SFI Infrastructure Funding

MaREI have been awarded over €4m in grants for research equipment…

Beaufort Building to Officially Open (July 3rd, 2015)

MaREI’s new headquarters at University College Cork’s (UCC) Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, will officially open on the 11th July 2015...