• The University of Western Australia (M053), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Milne is a research fellow within the ITRH for Offshore Floating Facilities. His main research is on wave-structure interaction, focussing on developing new methodologies and tools for roll damping of ships and side-by-side offloading of FLNGs via numerical, experimental and field data acquisition. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Auckland which focussed on metocean and unsteady hydrodynamics for tidal turbines. Prior to joining UWA he worked within industry as a mechanical engineer and an ocean engineer, encompassing R&D and early concept studies for offshore oil and gas facilities.

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.

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
  • 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

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, PhD, University of Auckland

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2010 2018

Current practice and research directions in hydrodynamics for FLNG-side-by-side offloading

Zhao, W., Milne, I. A., Efthymiou, M., Wolgamot, H. A., Draper, S., Taylor, P. & Eatock Taylor, W. R., 2018, In : Ocean Engineering. 158, p. 99–110

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Liquid sloshing
Liquefied natural gas

Deriving directional wave spectra from ship motions

Milne, I. A. & Zed, M., 2018, Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2018. Richardson, Texas: Offshore Technology Conference, Vol. 2, p. 876-886

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

ship motion
wave spectrum
wave direction

Distortion effects on turbulence in a tidal flow due to the mean flow field of a horizontal axis tidal turbine

Graham, J. M. R. & Milne, I. A., 2018, Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (ETWEC2017). p. 693-1-693-6

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

flow distribution
2 Citations

Expert elicitation of directional metocean parameters

Astfalck, L. C., Cripps, E. J., Gosling, J. P., Hodkiewicz, M. R. & Milne, I. A., 1 Aug 2018, In : Ocean Engineering. 161, p. 268-276 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Probability distributions
Decision making

Full-scale validation of the hydrodynamic motions of a ship derived from a numerical hindcast

Milne, I. & Zed, M., Nov 2018, In : Ocean Engineering. 168, p. 83-94

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle