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

    6009 Perth


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Dr Milne is a Senior 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, The University of Auckland

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Research Output 2010 2019

Risk management
Floating production storage and offloading

Emulation of vessel motion simulators for computationally efficient uncertainty quantification

Astfalck, L. C., Cripps, E. J., Gosling, J. P. & Milne, I. A., 15 Jan 2019, In : Ocean Engineering. 172, p. 726-736 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision making
Floating production storage and offloading

Turbulence velocity spectra and intensities in the inflow of a turbine rotor

Milne, I. A. & Graham, J. M. R., 10 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 870, p. 870R31-870R311

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Vortex shedding and roll damping for hulls with rounded bilges

Milne, I. A., Tong, F. & Graham, J. R. M., 11 Nov 2019, Ocean Engineering. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Vol. 7A-2019. V07AT06A021. (Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE; vol. 7A-2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Vortex shedding

Projects 2016 2020