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Offshore wind turbines; Dynamics of marine structures; Floating platforms; Hydrodynamics; Numerical methods for ocean engineering


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Dr Madjid Karimirad [BSc, MSc, PhD, Postdoc, CEng, MIMechE, M.ASME, PGCHET, FHEA, FIMarEST, FIMechE] is a Reader (associate professor) in marine and coastal engineering, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) since 2017. Before joining QUB, he was a Research Scientist at MARINTEK (Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute) and SINTEF Ocean, Norway. He has been researching in the field of marine structures and offshore technology with more than 16 years of research experience. He has a strong background in academia and industry; through working as Research Scientist, as well as a Post-Doctoral fellow and PhD researcher in offshore technology. Dr Karimirad was awarded his PhD in March 2011 in marine structures from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He had been employed previously by CeSOS (Centre for Ships and Ocean Structure), a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Norway. In addition, he has served as a Post-Doctoral academic staff in CeSOS; his Post-Doctoral research was part of the NOWITECH (Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology) program where he has been actively involved in advising MSc and PhD students and carrying out his research. In particular, during his career in CeSOS, he has been involved in the supervision of four MSc and three PhD students. All the projects were related to offshore renewable energy structures covering different aspects such as designing alternative offshore wind turbines, fatigue and ultimate limit state analyses, numerical modelling of wind turbine drivetrain, combining wave and wind energy devices as well as faults and transient events for wind turbines. Dr Karimirad obtained his MSc (2007) in mechanical engineering/ships structures from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran as well as his BSc (2005) in mechanical/marine engineering. In addition, he has worked in the industry as a Senior-Engineer during his career in Aker-Kvaerner an EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) company, in Norway.

Offshore renewable energy (ORE) structures and oil/gas technologies are among his interests; he has carried out different projects focusing on designing, analysing and testing ORE structures, in particular, offshore wind turbines over the past 15 years. Dr Karimirad has served as a reviewer for several international journals and conferences. He served as an editorial board member for the Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering in the past. Now he is serving as an editorial board member of Marine Structures (Elsevier), Ocean Engineering (Elsevier), Applied Ocean Research (Elsevier), International Journal of Coastal and Offshore Engineering as well as Associate Editor of Journal of Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering (JOMAE), Editor of Energies (MDPI). Dr Karimirad is the Fellow of IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology). In addition, he was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, FIMechE in 2021. Dr Karimirad has served as Guest Editor of Journal of Solar Energy (Elsevier), Journal of Energies (MDPI) and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (MDPI).

Besides, he has been appointed as topic and session organiser of different conferences such and RENEW from 2014 to 2022 and the International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering (OMAE) from 2017 to 2023.

His knowledge covers salient aspects of offshore mechanics, hydrodynamics, and structural engineering. The research results from the work conducted have been published in 100 technical reports, three theses, two book chapters, two books and thirty-five peer-reviewed scientific journal articles plus fifty peer-reviewed conference papers. He has a clear record of research in the field of offshore renewable energy with more than 110 scientific publications relevant to the subject in the past 15 years. He has performed extensive research concerning both bottom-fixed and floating wind turbines in collaboration with known renewable energy research institutes such as NREL, DTU, Statoil, Technalia, Cener, Cres, University of Edinburgh, Exeter, etc. He has more than 2200 citations as reported in Google Scholar with an H-index of 23 and i10-index of 33. Dr Karimirad has carried out research on the dynamic response of offshore wind and tidal turbines, as well as wave energy converters subject to wave, current and wind action. He has been part of NOWITECH for eight years and has carried out numerical simulations and ocean basin tests (as well as numerical analyses to compare test results) for offshore wind applications. He has been involved in several European collaborative projects such as H2020 LIFES50+, EU IPRWind, and EU FP7 DTOcean. He is the Principal Investigator of the Floating Solar Supporting De-Carbonisation of N. Ireland £400K (£300K in-cash and £100K in-kind by 4 industrial partners). He is supervising 2 postdoctoral researchers and 4 PhD students currently. In addition, he is the PI of different grants resulting in a total of £1M. This includes also Digital Twinning Lifetime Responses of Floating Solar Panels (SolarTwin), Decision Support Framework for Reliable and Cost-effective Repowering of Bottom-fixed Offshore Wind Farms as well as CoWEC: Control Co-Design for Ocean Wave Energy Conversion, LEAP HI: U.S.-Ireland R&D Partnership.


Research Interests

Offshore structures, Wind technology, Marine structures, Oil and Gas industry, Renewable Energy

  • Structural dynamics
  • Stochastic nonlinear phenomena
  • Dynamic loads and responses
  • Offshore mechanics
  • Oil and Gas offshore platforms
  • Marine engineering (including wave energy converters and tidal turbines)
  • Offshore Wind engineering


Hydraulics 2, CIV2018

Design 4, CIV4012

Renewable energies, CIV7038


Guitar Playing, Hiking, Fishing, Writing and Reading

Visited countries (business and pleasure)

Norway, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, Belgium, USA, Iran, France, Turkey, Netherlands, Portugal, UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland and England), Greece, Canada, Austria, Czech Republic


Standards and international codes

European standards (Euro codes); Norsok; GL; BV; LR; DNV; API; ABS; IEC, ASME

Recently used standards:    

  • Eurocode: Design of Steel Structures
    • NS-EN 1993-1-1 Part 1-1: General rules and rules for buildings
    • NS-EN 1993-1-5 Part 1-5: Plated structural elements
    • NS-EN 1993-1-8 Part 1-8: Design of joints
  • NORSOK Standard N-004, Design of Steel Structures
  • Recommended Practice, DNV-RP-C205, Environmental Conditions and Environmental Loads
  • Rules for Planning and Execution of Marine Operations, DNV
  • IEC 61400
    • IEC 61400-1, Design requirements (wind turbines)  
    • IEC 61400-3, Design requirements for offshore wind turbines


Presentations/Speech in Conferences and Lectures

  • Guest lecture, Design and Analysis of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering | University of Strathclyde, 16th December 2019, Glasgow, UK
  • 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2018, June 17-22, 2018, Madrid, Spain
  • IRPWind Conference 2017, Amsterdam, September 2017. Poster presentation
  • 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2017, EWTEC2017, Sunday 27th August to Saturday 1st September 2017, Cork, Ireland
  • OMAE2017, ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, June 25-30, 2017, Trondheim, Norway
  • EERA DeepWind conference, January 2017, Trondheim, Norway: Sensitivity Analysis of Limited Actuation for Real-time Hybrid Model Testing of 5MW and 10MW Monopile Offshore Wind Turbines
  • Lecture at Sharif University of Technology, Opportunities of Iran Marine Industries, Tehran, Iran, December 2016
  • Lecture at Amirkabir University of Technology (formerly called the Tehran Polytechnic), Offshore Technology, Iran, December 2016
  • Several meetings in Europe for different international projects, mainly related to offshore renewable energies, in the period of 2013-2017
  • IRPWind Conference 2016, Amsterdam, September 2016. Poster presentation: "Numerical Simulations versus Hybrid Model Tests for a Braceless Semi-Submersible Wind Turbine", Madjid Karimirad, Petter Andreas Berthelsen, Harald Ormberg
  • Lecture for Wind Energy and Offshore Wind Turbines, Presidency of I.R. of Iran, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, July 2016
  • Dynamics and Vibration of Offshore Energy Structures, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 15 May 2015 (invited to have a research presentation)
  • EERA DeepWind conference, February 2015, Trondheim, Norway
  • Dynamics of Wind Turbines, Sharif University of Technology (Invited to lecture for MSC and PhD levels), January 2015
  • Renew2014, International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore, 2014, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 31th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2012 conference, Brazil
  • DeepWind conference, January 2012, Trondheim, Norway
  • Doctoral thesis trial-lecture: “Marine Operations Related to Installations of Offshore Wind Turbines”, NTNU, Norway, 2011
  • Ph.D. thesis lecture: “Stochastic Dynamic Response Analysis of Spar-Type Wind Turbines with Catenary or Taut Mooring Systems”, NTNU, Norway, 2011
  • American Wind Energy Association, AWEA-WINDPOWER2011 conference, 2011, Anaheim, CA, USA
  • European Wind Energy Conference (EWEC2011), March 2011, Brussels, Belgium
  • ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, China, June 2010
  • Offshore Wind Conference 2009, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2009
  • Computational Methods in Marine Engineering Conference, Norway, June 2009
  • Floating Wind Turbines, Sharif University of Technology (Invited to lecture for BSc and MSc levels), 2008
  • Second Offshore Conference, Tehran, Iran, 2007
  • 7th Conference of Marine Industries, Paper No. 102-76, Tehran, Iran, 2005


Computer Software Familiarities

Programming and Math: FORTRAN (intermediate 2007), Matlab and Simulink (good 2016), WAFO (good 2016), Python (intermediate 2016)   

Mechanical Engineering: Autocad (good 2014), Mechanical Desktop (MDT) (good 2005)

Wind Engineering: HAWC2 (very good 2012), FAST (good 2012), Simo-Riflex-Aerodyn (very good 2016)

Structural Analysis: Ansys (intermediate 2005), ABAQUS (good 2015), USFOS (good 2013), Sesam-Genie (good 2013) (Framework, Sestra, Xtract) (good 2013)

Coupled dynamic response: SIMA (very good 2016), Simo-Riflex (very good 2016), DeepC (DNV Sesam codes) (very good 2012)

Wave and Hydrodynamic: WAMIT (good 2015), WADAM (very good 2012), HydroD (very good 2012), Shear7 (intermediate 2013)

Offshore, Ship and Ocean Engineering: Tribon (basics 2006), Maxsurf (good 2004), Autoship (good 2002)

CFD: Fluent (intermediate 2001)

Modeling: MultiSurf (good 2012), Sesam-GenieE (good 2013)


PhD research students


  • Abdolmajid Moghtadaei (start March 2018),

Fatigue assessment of composite blades of offshore wind turbines [Main Supervisor]



  • Dallán Friel (start October 2018),

Modelling the dynamic response of floating solar PV arrays in nearshore locations [Main Supervisor]



  • Gautam Baruah (start April 2021),

Integrated Dynamic Analysis of Offshore Solar System [Main Supervisor]



  • David Boyd (start October 2021),

Decision Support Framework for Reliable and Cost-effective Repowering of Bottom-fixed Offshore Wind Farms [Main Supervisor]



Advisor of PhD students:

  • Dr Hasan Imani, Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • Dr David Barreto Lara, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería – UNI, Peru; successfully defended the PhD thesis and passed the VIVA with excellent approval of the committee, “Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Responses of Offshore Monopile Wind Turbines”, 21 October 2020
  • Dr Mohsen Sobhaniasl, SAPIENZA Università di Roma, Italy, finished successfully in 2021


MEng & BEng Research Dissertation 


  • Joe Fryers (BEng), Hydrodynamic analysis of large monopile bottom‐fixed offshore wind turbine, May 2018
  • Cein McCloskey (MEng), Design of floating wind turbine considering ultimate limit state analysis, May 2018
  • Matthew McDowell (MEng), Coupled/integrated analysis of moored ocean structures supporting floating solar, May 2018


  • John Morgan (MEng), Hydrodynamic analysis of floating wind turbine, May 2019
  • Ross Spiers (MEng), Plate anchors for floating wind turbines, May 2019


  • Brandon McKeown (MEng), Hydrodynamic analysis of monopile offshore wind turbine, May 2020
  • Grainne McLaughlin (MEng), Offshore Wind Turbines: Structural Health Monitoring Techniques, May 2020
  • Lucy McHugh (MEng), Sustainability of offshore wind turbines; bottom-fixed versus floating wind turbine concepts, May 2020
  • Dan Fuzzard (MEng), The Potential of Floating Solar for Electricity Generation in Northern Ireland, May 2020
  • Jack Ferguson (MEng), Feasibility Study and Applicability of Re-Powering Offshore Wind Turbines, May 2020


  • Seána Knox (MEng), Decommissioning of Offshore Wind Turbines and their Contribution to Carbon Emissions, May 2021
  • Erin Kathleen Carr (BEng), Life extension of Offshore Wind Turbines, May 2021
  • Henri Mutti (BEng), Floating solar in nearshore and coastal areas, an unsurprisingly booming technology full of challenges for nations facing land shortages, May 2021
  • Sean Quinn (MEng), Feasibility Study and Applicability of Re-Powering Offshore Wind Turbines, May 2021
  • Michael Tennyson (MEng), Sustainability of Offshore Wind Turbines: Extra-Large Floating Wind Turbine Concepts, May 2021
  • Connor Kent (MEng), Transport and installation of floating wind turbines, May 2021


  • Henry Redpath-Woolley (MEng), Wind loads and their effect on floating solar structures, May 2023


  • Leah Moulds (BEng), Hydrodynamic analyses of monopile offshore wind turbines subjected to current, wind and wave, May 2023


  • Michael McStay (MEng), Sustainable Integration of Floating Solar Concepts and Offshore Wind Farms, May 2023


  • Ruairi O’Hare (MEng), Life Extension of Offshore Wind Turbines, Opportunities and Challenges, May 2023

MSc research thesis


  • Tao Lin (MSc), Eigenvalue analysis of monopile bottom-fixed wind turbine, October 2018
  • Josh Fullerton (MSc), Environmental Impacts of Offshore Wind Turbines: Bottom-fixed versus Floating Wind Turbine Concepts, October 2018


  • Maeve O’Neill (MSc), Feasibility Study and Applicability of Repowering Offshore Wind Farms, September 2019
  • Rory Handforth (MSc), Sustainability of Offshore Wind Turbines: Floating Wind Turbine Concepts, September 2019
  • Peter Deeney (MSc), Design Aspect and Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) of Floating Solar Units, September 2019


  • Arlene Ward (MSc), Sustainability of Offshore Wind Turbine: Extra Large Floating Wind Turbine Concepts, September 2020
  • Shannon McMullan (MSc), The Sustainability of Decommissioning Offshore Wind Turbines, September 2020
  • Victoria Reain (MSc), A Study Considering the Feasibility of Floating Photovoltaic (PV) Technology in Northern Ireland, September 2020


  •  Déarbhla McGrath (MSc), Discussing the overall sustainability of bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind, September 2021
  •  Erin Galbraith (MSc), Feasibility Study: Repowering Versus Decommissioning Offshore Wind Farms, September 2021
  • Aideen McGuigan (MSc), An Investigation into the Potential of Floating Photovoltaic (PV) Technology for Electricity in Northern Ireland, September 2021



  • Mune Abdalla (MSc), Feasibility Study: Hydrogen Production from Floating Photovoltaic and its Potentials, September 2022


  • Susmita Rajput (MSc), Integration of floating solar concept and offshore wind farms, September 2022


2023  MSc Research Supervisor

  • Matthew Rodgers (MSc), Feasibility and Applicability Study on the Repowering of Offshore Wind Farms, September 2023
  • Emma McVeigh (MSc), The Integration of Floating Solar Concepts into Phase 2 of the Arklow Wind Farm Project, September 2023


Awards, Honours and Recognitions (Supervised by me)

Royal Society Esso Energy Award, MSc thesis by Emma McVeigh, QUB, UK, 2023

Royal Society Esso Energy Award, MEng thesis by Michael McStay, QUB, UK, 2023

Arup Zet-zero carbon design prize: Floating Offshore Wind Park Design,

Pearce Braiden, Laura Gunn, Jamie Killough, Brandon McKeown, Daniel Parkhill, Ciaran Quigley, QUB, UK, 2022

Design with best performance in net-zero carbon as part of the Design & Communications 4 (Greatest awareness of and commitment to radically reducing carbon emissions

Royal Society Esso Energy Award, MSc thesis by Aideen McGuigan, QUB, UK, 2021

Royal Society Esso Energy Award, MEng thesis by Henri Mutti, QUB, UK, 2021

Royal Society Esso Energy Award, MSc thesis by Roisin McClintock, QUB, UK, 2021

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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