go to top scroll for more


Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/N009142/1
Title Dynamic Environment Prediction: safe launch and recovery in high sea states: Part of The Launch and Recovery Co-Creation Initiative.
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 20%;
Not Energy Related 80%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 75%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor MR (Michael ) Belmont
No email address given
Engineering Computer Science and Maths
University of Exeter
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2016
End Date 30 September 2019
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £577,377
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine
Region South West
Programme NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor MR (Michael ) Belmont , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ministry of Defence (0.000%)
Project Contact , Systems Engineering and Assessment Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zenotech Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , ESI Group, France (0.000%)
Web Site
Abstract This project is one of the small number of proposals selected by an industrial consortium in collaboration with EPSRC to go forward as full proposals to the EPSRC Launch and Recovery Co-Creation Initiative. It involves a collaboration between Exeter and Southampton Universities, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA), BAE Systems, MOD and OCEANWAVES (Germany). It is supported by a mentoring/dissemination group comprising: BAE Systems, MOD, SEA Ltd, Zenotech and ESI Group. The practical driver is to enable a wide range of wave limited maritime operations to be carried out safely at higher sea states than is presently feasible. Particularly important examples are launch and recovery operations from mother ships of small boats, manned and unmanned air vehicles, and submersibles. The research concerns the two coupled areas of: (a) predicting the actual shape of sea waves, termed Deterministic Sea Wave Prediction and the application of this to predicting calmer periods in otherwise large seas (Quiescent Period Prediction), and (b) a comprehensive investigation of the properties of such quiescent periods and the creation of a quiescence simulator. The research involves an integrated combination of challenging fundamental new theory, simulation, large scale data analysis and experimental testing. An applications oversight, designed to facilitate post project the optimum push through to higher technology readiness levels, is provided by the industrial mentoring panel. MOD and BAE Systems are also research partners. The research will provide the predicted wave environment information required by closely allied projects within this EPSRC Launch and Recovery Co-Creation Initiative which are aimed at (a) modelling the motion of small craft in the near wave/flow field of a parent vessel and (b) control of launch and recovery operations. An alternative application of the new science is in the optimal control of wave energy converters where large increases in performance per unit cost are possible (see the impact case)
Publications (none)
Final Report (none)
Added to Database 10/11/15