• The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M018), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Milne is a Senior Research Fellow within the ITRHs for Offshore Floating Facilities (Offshore Hub) and Transforming energy Infrastructure through Digital Engineering (TIDE hub). His expertise in fluid dynamics spans across both aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, with specific focus on unsteady wind/tidal turbine aerodynamics, turbulence and wave-structure hydrodynamics, and encompassing theoretical, numerical, model-scale, field data and machine learning methods. He has a strong track-record in industry collaboration and engagement and during his tenture at UWA has also developed and delivered new units on wind energy. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Auckland and has worked within both academia and industry, including holding the roles of Mechanical Engineer at Aker Solutions and, at present, Senior Metocean Engineer at Woodside Energy.

Roles and responsibilities

  • International Marine Energy Journal Associate Editor
  • International Journal of Marine Energy Editorial Board
  • 20th AFMC Organising Committee and Session Chair
  • 2018 Australian Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium Organising Committe
  • Supervisor for Masters these projects in ship hydrodynamics and mooring systems
  • Supervisor for PhD theses in unsteady hydrodynamics of pipelines, statistical prediction of metocean and ship motions, novel low-cost sensing.

Teaching overview

Wind energy lecturer for OCEN 4007 Renewable Ocean Energy 2020 - Present

Funding overview

  • Maximising the impact of UWA's offshore floating structure research - enhancing WA's position as a global offshore engineering hub
    Milne, I. & Zhao, W.
    UWA Research Impact Grants
  • Fluid resonance in the gap between two side‐by‐side offshore floating structures with square bilges
    Zhao, W., Draper, S., Milne, I., White, D. & Wolgamot, H.

Current projects

  • ITRH for Offshore Floating Facilities
  • ITRH for Transforming energy Infrastructure through Digital Engineering.
  • Woodside FutureLab RiverLab - Hydrodynamics and mooring systems for FPSOs.
  • CEED with Austal - Hydrodynamics and machine learning for marine craft


  • Hydrodynamics of FLNG carriers and FPSOs, focussing on roll damping and wave-structure interaction.
  • Field data acquisition of motions of floating facilities (FPSOs, Drillships)
  • Numerical modelling and machine learning of FPSO mooring line system dynamics and failure prediction.
  • Computation of directional wave spectra from ship motions.
  • Metocean analyses using experimental and numerical methods
  • Turbulence in tidal farms and distortion effects
  • Unsteady aero/hydrodynamics of wind and tidal turbines and airfoils

Community engagement

RINA Western Australian Division Committee

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, PhD, An experimental investigation of turbulence and unsteady loading on tidal turbines, University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 Apr 2014

External positions

Senior Metocean Engineer, Woodside Energy Limited


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